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Ric McIver shows decided lack of judgment

PC leadership hopeful opens anti-gay “March for Jesus” parade on Father’s Day

Michael Ganley is the editor of Alberta Venture. BizBeat takes a big-picture view of the provincial, national and international news affecting Alberta's business community. He can be reached at mganley@albertaventure.com and @MikeatVenture

Jun 16, 2014

by Michael Ganley

If Ric McIver had a chance of winning the PC leadership race, it surely ended yesterday in Calgary, when he made a move reminiscent of Wildrose candidate Allan Hunsperger’s “lake of fire” comments during the last provincial election.

McIver – his campaign team asleep at the switch – officially opened the “March for Jesus,” a paean to Christian-right intolerance organized by a group that, among other things, blamed last year’s floods on God’s anger over homosexuality. The group’s website has this to say about last year’s gay pride parade: “Last year alone, Calgary’s streets were flooded with people of wrong sexual preferences during a homosexual parade of over 30,000 attendees and none of them were embarrassed the slightest to publicly even present their nakedness in front of families and in front of future generations to openly proclaim and manifest that they are not ashamed to declare the name of their master (Satan) and in the same way not concerned with provoking greatly the wrath of the Living God.”

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McIver was in full damage-control this morning, writing on Facebook that he frequently recognizes the diversity of Alberta “by taking part in celebrations of many religions, cultures and traditions that make up Alberta, and this was a day to celebrate my own Roman Catholic faith with other Christians.” McIver also admitted having attended the event for the last four years, but clarified that marchforjesus.ca is not his website, that his, in fact, is ricmciver.com.

He wraps up his comments on Facebook saying he will continue to attend events that celebrate the diversity of Alberta. I’m not sure how he thinks this march celebrated anything other than intolerance.

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