Christian Heritage Party of Canada

March 03, 2009 16:11 ET

The 'Tug-of-War' of GLB Demands

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2009) - Jim Hnatiuk, leader of CHP Canada, points out two recent developments within the gay, lesbian or bisexual (GLB) community that demand further investigation.

The first is a recent GLB complaint against Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, submitted to the Canadian Human Rights Commission last month.

In the complaint, the complainants say they don't receive equitable levels of programming support from Health Canada, compared with support for the general population or other minorities.

The GLB complaint reveals a significant increase in health problems within the GLB communities. To quote only a few from their submission:

- "... gay/bisexual men have a life expectancy 20 years less than the average man in Canada";

- "..lesbians have higher rates of breast cancer"; and

- "within the area of HIV/AIDS that the inequities in Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada policies and programs vis-a-vis GLB people are most clearly illustrated... If one uses Statistic Canada's figure of 1.7% for the percentage of the population that is GLB..., the infection rate is 26 times higher than the general population."

"It's important to place this within the context of a second recent development," Hnatiuk said, "a 'Social Justice Conference' staged by the BC Teacher's Federation in Feb.

Although the stated purpose of that conference was to help teachers implement the Social Justice 12 curriculum adopted under BC's Corren Settlement Agreement, a disturbing hidden purpose was revealed by a graphic, distributed in the information packages: the real goal is to move students' attitude towards LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning) people beyond "tolerance" to "celebration". (graphic available at:

Hnatiuk concludes with this question, "Should Canadian students be taught to celebrate behaviour that the GLB community itself links to shorter life expectancy, higher rates of breast cancer, and an HIV/AIDS infection rate 26 times higher than the general population?"

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