Svend Robinson discusses 'rogue' conservative candidate, progressive unity and LGBTQ rights

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Alex Cosh

It was an eventful week in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby North-Seymour. 

The Conservative party dropped its candidate for the riding, Heather Leung, on Friday, October 4, after after a video resurfaced of her making homophobic and transphobic comments.

The video, first posted by local news outlet Burnaby Now in 2011, showed Leung protesting the Burnaby School Board's support for a policy designed to protect LGBTQ youth from bullying. In the clip, Leung claims "homosexuals recruit" children, and describes the LGBTQ community as "perverted." 

However, Leung's extreme views were already extreme views were already widely known before the video emerged. During her short-lived campaign as the Conservative nominee for this year's federal election, the ex-Tory also expressed extreme views on abortion, telling the anti-choice group Campaign Life Coalition she opposed women's reproductive rights even in cases of rape and incest. She also supports "conversion therapy," an abusive and pseudo-scientific practice designed to "cure" LGBTQ people.

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