The Christian Heritage Party of Canada (CHP) and its Leader Ron Gray are being investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Commission after a homosexual activist complained of material published on the Party's website he claims is offensive to homosexuals.
This deeply concerns me.
I don't vote for the CHP. My reasons for this are many, but mostly they center around their collective lack of experience. However, I have lots of friends and family who do vote for them. Furthermore, I heartily affirm their right to exist. The underlying motivation of any political party is to direct this country in the manner it sees best. The CHP feels it has a vision and they have every right to try and enact their vision.
Individuals do not have the right to launch human rights complaints against political parties. They do not have the right to stand in the way of the democratic process. They do not have the right to dictate to the rest of the country who they may or may not vote for. Individuals get to decide who leads them by voting. That is what democracy is. If you disagree with a parties stance, don't vote for them.
The CHP Leader believes that the case is of highest importance also for the Conservative Government in Canada. "I really think this is a crucial case because if an agency of the government, which the CHRC is, can tell a political party what it may and may not include in its political statements we have gone way down the road to totalitarianism," he said.
Gray is totally right.
A lone individual does not have the right to expect an entire party to change their platform just for them. True, our system is not perfect. However, it will be significantly worse if individuals circumvent the democratic process in order to shape the country in their own image.
If you don't like the CHP and have a competing vision for this country, start your own party. Call it the Anti-CHP Party for all I care.
And may the best man win.