Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has stated publicly that he will never march in a gay Pride parade. This has led to vicious attacks by the mainstream media, which argue that marching in the controversial parades, organized by the LGBTQ community, is essential to show acceptance of diversity in Canada.
Why is marching in the gay Pride parade more important than marching, for example, in the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s parade, called “Caribana”, which takes place every summer in Toronto? Both parades celebrate minority cultures, yet the media does not appear to be offended by the absence of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in the latter parade. Nor is it offended by Mr. Scheer not attending the national March for Life in Ottawa. Why is the Pride parade more important, with priority over all the others?
Politicians are not obliged to march in any parade. Their job is significantly more multi-faceted than that. It is up to the politician to decide what events to attend, and choosing not to attend a particular event should not be regarded as an act of discrimination.
Just because the LGBTQ community is more politically active and demanding than other minority groups, this does not give it priority or make its demands more justified than those of the others.