There’s no doubt Conservative leadership hopeful Peter MacKay is trying to position himself as the socially-progressive Conservative option, but some experts wonder how his plan to court the broader Canadian electorate will play with the party’s core.
MacKay, who officially launched his campaign for leader this weekend and announced Monday he had been formally accepted as a candidate by the party, said earlier this week that he had applied to march in the 2020 Toronto pride parade.
“We live in a world where sexual orientation and gender identity are still used by tyrants and bigots to belittle and oppress. In Canada, we are lucky to have a society that has grown more tolerant, more accepting and more understanding, but there is still more work to be done,” MacKay said in a statement posted on social media.
This comes after MacKay slammed possible leadership contender Richard Décarie for calling sexuality a choice, and months after he said former leader Andrew Scheer’s refusal to clarify his stance on social issues like gay marriage and abortion hung around his neck like a “stinking albatross” during the election.
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