B.C. MP quits Conservatives to defend views on evolution

Apr 21, 2015

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By Steven Chase

Veteran Conservative MP James Lunney, who has repeatedly expressed skepticism about the theory of evolution, is quitting the Tory caucus, citing a deliberate attempt to “suppress a Christian worldview” at the “senior levels” of politics.

In a statement explaining his decision to sit as an independent, Mr. Lunney said he wants to place some distance between himself and the Harper government so he can “defend my beliefs” without it reflecting back on the Conservative caucus, which he made a point of framing as diverse.

“I am withdrawing from the [Conservative Party of Canada] caucus voluntarily; the decision is entirely my own … I do not intend to entangle the most multi-racial, multicultural and multi-faith caucus in parliamentary history in my decision to defend my beliefs.”

Mr. Lunney, who first won a seat in the Commons in 2000, announced more than a year ago that he would not run in the 2015 election.

He suggested in his statement that he will now feel more free as an independent member of Parliament to air more of his opinions in in the Commons.


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6 comments on “B.C. MP quits Conservatives to defend views on evolution

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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    He suggested in his statement that he will now feel more free as an independent member of Parliament to air more of his opinions in in the Commons.

    Opinions about Evolution, abortion, gay rights, etc… which will make him an easy target for scorn and ridicule from all his fellow members of parliament across the aisle. Furthermore, since Harper and the members of his cabinet almost never show up in parliamentary session, he will have no one to direct his resentment at.

    And finally, being deprived of the relative anonymity afforded by his former affiliation to the conservative party, this will expedite the utter destruction of his reputation and single him out as a no less easier target for columnists and caricaturists in the press while gaining exactly zero popularity from the mentally sound voters.

    This is political and public suicide at its best. Way to go Lunney! Seriously I mean it. Couldn’t be happier about the outcome. I hope other genuises like you follow in your footsteps.



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  • I read the headline and assumed it was about an evolutionist quitting the conservative party because it was too accommodating of creationism. I thought Harper was soft on creationism, or am I misinformed?



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  • @OP – In a statement explaining his decision to sit as an independent, Mr. Lunney said he wants to place some distance between himself and the Harper government so he can “defend my beliefs” without it reflecting back on the Conservative caucus, which he made a point of framing as diverse.

    I can think of many reasons for intelligent people to distance themselves from the Harper government, but this scientifically illiterate twerp had to pick a stupid one!!



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  • Harper is a right wing Christian. He generally tries to keep that hidden. That stance is not politically popular in Canada. However, he is also a climate change denier. He muzzled government climate scientists. They are not allowed to release papers to speak publicly without prior clearance of what they have to say from the prime minister’s office. His climate change denial may not be religiously based, but because he represents Alberta and the oil patch interests who want to exploit the tar sands. Big Oil support his party and vice versa.

    Canada is in last place of developed nation is green house gas control and environmental protection generally. This was not always so. It is the direct result of Harper policies. Harper has zero interest in protecting endangered species, habitat, rivers. He is a typical Christian. God will clean it up.

    He is a bit of an ego maniac. He insists that the “Government of Canada” be called “The Harper Government”.

    We are likely having an election next fall. He was behind in the polls, and he has a series of scandals ahead involving huge fake expense claims.



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  • I don’t think he needed to distance himself from the Harper-horde of ideologues. In all likelihood he could have fit right in as a seat holder in the Canadian bible belt of Alberta, and ranted about Jebus to his heart’s content. Calgary and Edmonton and the whole “oil patch culture” would have made Lunney feel right at home.

    You can’t get away with that on Vancouver Island…especially not in his riding of Nanaimo. He never would have been re-elected here after his latest disastrous encounters with the local media and myriad constituents.
    BC in general, and the Island especially, are different from the rest of Canada. We moved here from Manitoba a decade ago and were totally floored by the open acceptance of Atheists and the science of climate change. The change was almost ‘heavenly’.



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