Ont. MP faces questions over video honouring gay teen
Conservative MP David Sweet is seen in this video honouring a gay teen who was bullied before his suicide.
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, October 28, 2011 8:55AM EDT
OTTAWA - Ontario Conservative MP David Sweet is facing questions about his recent participation in a video honouring a gay teenager.
But Sweet, who in 2006 denounced homosexuality as a sin, isn't talking -- in or out of the Commons.
The video featuring Sweet and several other Tory MPs was made in memory of James Hubley, a 15-year-old Ottawa gay student who committed suicide after years of bullying over his orientation.
Its release last week coincided with Spirit Day -- designated as a day to speak out against gay bashing.
The video, however, is sparking debate about the Harper government's approach to gay rights and anti-discrimination measures.
Helen Kennedy, executive director of gay rights group EGALE Canada, calls the video disrespectful.
Kennedy suggests Sweet and the other video Tories are talking-the-talk -- but wonders if they'll walk-the-walk by supporting an NDP-Liberal private member's bill to prohibit discrimination against transgendered Canadians.