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Canada PM To Denounce Uganda’s “Kill Gays” Bill

Jim Burroway

November 28th, 2009

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Thursday that he will raise the issue of Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Act at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which began yesterday. Transport Minister John Baird made the announcement before Parliament on Thursday:

Transport Minister John Baird made the announcement today in Question Period in answer to demands by NDP MP Bill Siksay that the Prime Minister meet “face-to-face” with the Ugandan leader “to help stop this bill.”

“The current legislation before Parliament in Uganda is vile, it’s abhorrent. It’s offensive. It offends Canadian values. It offends decency. We strongly condemn that and the Prime Minister will make that strong condemnation as well,” Mr. Baird said.

The Conservative Prime Minister is just one more important voice denouncing Uganda’s proposal to institute the death sentence for LGBT people. On Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis demanded that discussions of Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Act be placed on the agenda.

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

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Lindoro Almaviva
November 28th, 2009 | LINK

Forty of the fifty-three members of the Commonwealth, including Trinidad and Tobago, have laws criminalizing LGBT people.

And there is the reason why it will not be in the agenda. Why am i not surprised?

BCCanuck
November 28th, 2009 | LINK

This is still good news. Harper declared the same-sex marriage issue closed three years ago. He’s come a long way.

Ben in Oakland
November 28th, 2009 | LINK

and where is the Fierce Advocate?

Ken Peters
November 28th, 2009 | LINK

I don’t think Harper has come a long way on a personal level. He’s just smart, power-hungry, and realizes the Canadian political reality outside of Alberta.

lurker
November 28th, 2009 | LINK

“and where is the Fierce Advocate?”

too busy pardoning turkeys to take an interest.

Burr
November 28th, 2009 | LINK

Our country is rapidly pissing away all moral credentials with its utter lack of courage to stand up to the phony “majority” that claims to have them.

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