NDP Premier Greg Selinger has no issue playing nasty, divisive politics as he basically calls the entire town of Morris, Manitoba a hotbed of bigotry:
“Congrats Mayor (Gavin) van der Linde & Morris on stand against racism and homophobic bullying. Lunch at Pots N Hands next week during flood prep,”
So, what made Morris the Mississippi Burning of Canada? Turns out it was a gay restaurant owner blaming his failed business on redneck townsfolk:
Selinger’s decision followed news that Dave Claringbould and his partner were closing Pots N Hands just four months after opening, because of insults that had been hurled their way. Their final day will be April 13.
Claringbould, 35, said one customer asked him if there was anything contagious on a plate because a gay couple had prepared it. Other customers simply stopped coming after finding out the owners are gay.
Maybe this happened, maybe it didn’t but for a premier to throw an entire town in his province to the media wolves in order to pander for city votes is stunning to say the least.
And just in case you think the ‘Conservatives’ are much better:
“It’s always disappointing when people conduct themselves in a way that doesn’t reflect the reality that you should treat other people like you yourself would be treated,” Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister said Thursday. (see here)
Update: The National Post editors have now called Morris a town full of bigots (see here)