Sask. Tory MP skips Regina gay pride event
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, June 1, 2008 7:12AM EDT
REGINA - A Conservative member of Parliament, who promised earlier this year to spend his life promoting tolerance after a video surfaced of him making anti-gay remarks in 1991, was a no-show Saturday at Regina's gay pride parade.
Gay groups said they were disappointed that Regina-Lumsden MP Tom Lukiwski didn't even respond to an invitation to attend the parade.
"Mr. Lukiwski stated in his public apology ... that he would spend the rest of his life making amends,'' said gay pride spokesman Nathan Markwart. "Well, when exactly does that kick in?
"It is clear that his apology is less than sincere and is, in fact, hollow as it has not been followed up with any concerted effort to join our celebrations as an elected official who respresents gays and lesbians in Regina and surrounding area.''
Markwart noted that the disappointment was heightened by their understanding that Lukiwski was in the Regina area this weekend.
Lukiwski could not be reached for comment.
In the tape from 1991, which made national news, Lukiwski was recorded saying: "There's As and there's Bs. The As are guys like me. The Bs are homosexual faggots with dirt on their fingernails that transmit disease.''
The video, released by the Saskatchewan New Democrats, was shot during a party at Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative campaign headquarters when Lukiwski was a provincial Tory.
In his apology, Lukiwski insisted he is not homophobic and that the comments do not reflect his beliefs then or now.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged in the House of Commons that Lukiwski's remarks were "completely unacceptable,'' but said he considered the matter closed.
Gay rights groups have noted that just three years ago Lukiwski told the Commons that legalizing same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy and social decline.