The Conservative Party of Canada has found itself without a candidate in the electoral district of Mississauga-Malton in Ontario province ahead of an election after it disavowed itself from a candidate over his alleged views on homosexuality when it was too late to replace him.
Jagdish Grewal says he intends to still run for office and will still use the Conservative Party’s signs as part of his campaign – and he will still appear on the ballot as the Conservative candidate as it is too late to reprint them.
However if he wins the election he says he will sit in the parliament as an independent.
The Conservatives changed their mind about Grewal representing them after an article he had written for the Punjabi Post came to light in which he discussed a bill passed by the Ontario provincial legislature to ban public funding for so-called ‘reparative therapies’ aimed at making gays and lesbians into heterosexuals.
Grewal denies he is anti-gay and says that CBC News mistranslated the title of his editorial to read, ‘Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a normal person?’
He says a proper translation of his words should have been, ‘Is it wrong to become a straight person from a homosexual?’
In the article he wrote that some psychologists believe trauma during childhood can make a person homosexual and that it could be corrected.
He then asked, ‘If it is a parent’s right to set guidelines for their children in terms of their education, career and health then why is it illegal for them to strengthen their natural heterosexuality?’
Grewal has offered to provide a more accurate translation to his former party’s bosses in the hope that they take him back.
However the party issued a statement Tuesday confirming Grewal is not welcome in the party because it believes ‘all Canadians – regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation – deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.’