Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh took his clearest-yet stand against helping Conservatives into power in response to a video of party leader Andrew Scheer opposing equal marriage rights Canadians.
“The resurfacing of Andrew Scheer’s disgusting prejudice against LGBTQI2S+ people and families is very painful for many Canadians,” said Singh. “This is exactly why, if Canadians deliver a minority government in October, I will not prop up Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives.”
Polls released this week from both Abacus and IPSOS continue to show that an election held today would almost certainly result in a minority parliament with Singh’s NDP perhaps playing a key kingmaker and policy role.
Polls pointing to minority parliament
Both polls pegged the Liberals and Conservatives in the mid- or low-30s, below majority levels, with Singhs NDP in the high teens. The Greens and Bloc Québécois polled under 10 per cent
Green Party leader Elizabeth May has previously publicly stated she might help the Conservative leader become Prime Minister in a minority parliament.
In addition to his views against equal marriage, Scheer is also personally against abortion, a position he shares with Ms May.
“Nobody in their right mind is for abortions,” she told a group of London, Ontario nuns during the 2006 election. “I’ve talked women out of having abortions. I would never have an abortion myself, not in a million years. I can’t imagine the circumstances that would have ever induced me to it.”
If elections leave Conservatives just a handful of seats shy of a majority, Scheer could try to take power with the support of the Greens and Bloc Quebecois, who headed in an entho-nationalist direction during the last election campaign.
But unless the Conservatives come very close to a majority, Singh’s NDP, which currently holds 43 seats in the House of Commons, would be able to prevent a Conservative government.
Singh points at Trudeaus disappointing record
Singh also aimed fire at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, saying they have “said the right things, but have let us down.”
Singh pointed to Trudeau continuing the blood donation ban, not ending conversion therapy, and failing to end employment discrimination faced by LGTBQI2S+ people.