When candidates personal beliefs clash with Canadian values

Mississauga, October 9 (CINEWS): In the Mississauga-Malton riding, it is no secret that Conservative candidate Jagdish Grewal holds some distinctly conservative views when it comes to homosexuality and marriages. When Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage on July 20, 2005, a vocal section of South Asians were upset because then MP Navdeep Bains and current Liberal candidate voted in favor despiteCandidate-Jagdish-Grewal pleas to abstain or vote against it.
This week Jagdish Grewal, who is also the publisher of Punjabi Post penned an editorial titled in March 2005 “Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a normal person?”
Grewal says he was presenting opinions of psychologists and the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, an American group that offers therapies to people who have “unwanted homosexual attractions.”
The piece written in March caused a furor leading to the Conservative party dumping him as their candidate in the Mississauga-Malton riding. This move has left Conservative supporters dazed, confused and angry.
Off the record, two Conservative supporters in the Mississauga-Malton riding said Grewal’s view may be at odds with the official party line, but it is in line with the belief system and values held by his community. “Many other MPs from all parties may privately agree with Grewal’s views but will never admit it. There is lots of hypocrisy,” said one supporter. “
Meanwhile in an interview on CBC television, Grewal insisted that the essence of his piece was lost in translation. He insisted he had nothing against LGBT and hoped the Conservatives would re-consider their decision to dump him as their candidate.
Meanwhile NDP candidate for Brampton-East Harbaljit Singh Kahlon was forced to confront his own homophobic views which he expressed on a 2005 OMNI TV program same-sex marriage. On air he insisted gay marriage could lead to polygamy and public nudity. He went on to say there wasn’t any research that gays were born that way. He offered a belated apology and swears he has converted his views.
Meanwhile in the Mississauga-Malton riding, many of the largely South Asian residents hold views similar to what Jagdish Grewal wrote in Punjabi Post. “This is a free country,” said one angry Grewal supporter on condition of anonymity. “If all candidates had to reveal their views on homosexuals, atleast a quarter of them would find themselves in trouble like Mr Grewal,” he said.
Politicians more than anyone else understand the crucial importance of being or seeming to be politically correct on sensitive issues. Unfortunately, Mr Grewal seemed to have made an error of judgement and is now being indicted.

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