Lord knows it won't be me.
Until today I didn't even know the name Tom Lukiwski and I probably won't remember how to spell his name tomorrow. He's nothing to me and he never will be. He's certainly rich fodder for the wrath of a lot of folks on my side of the political divide however.
I watched the video posted by Scott Ross. What Lukiwski said was homophobic, completely out of line and he ought to be extremely contrite in his apology. On the other hand the tape shows a bit of who he was 16-years ago while in the midst of his pals with a beer in his hand. What's important to me is just who is this guy today?
Lukiwski has brought attention onto himself and his party and that's all for the good. Anybody remember the host of bigoted wingnuts who filled the ranks of Preston Manning's Reform Party? Now there were some scary people. I do believe we need to keep an eye on the ranks of the Harpies for this sort of thing. And yet...
Here's what I think. I think people can change. I don't just think that, I have an unshakeable belief in that. I know that people can change because I changed. Where I was brought up there was a terrific amount of prejudice. Sexist and racist jokes were nothing out of the ordinary in the 60's and 70's but the greatest prejudice I experienced was religious.
I guess it was in the 80's, well after I'd moved to the far end of the country, when it was announced that my little, ultra-WASP village was going to become home to a French-language, Catholic highschool. You would have thought they were building a bordello for Satan. The furor was astonishing, even to me, even back then. A Gay Pride parade up and down the waterfront would have provoked less controversy.
That was then, this is now. Things change, people change. I think we need to ask whether Tom Lukiwski has changed. If he hasn't, if he's still the homophobe he was 16-years back, then there's no room for him on Parliament Hill, none.
It's easy to get sanctimonious about these things, especially when the target is with the wrong political party. Then again, when was the last time a Liberal was given the boot for making a racist or sexist or homophobic joke? Or maybe I've got it all wrong, maybe this just never, ever, positively never occurs within our people, eh?
So, if you're comfortably in the ranks of the pure I guess you can go ahead and throw your stones. Please, just don't start throwing any of them my way. Please?