The BC Liberal Party has been kicked out of the pride parade after being accepted in January due to a policy change in May.
So what is really going? Some background to start.
I understand the Executive Director of the VPS is a former 2009 NDP candidate who may have had a score to settle with the BC Liberal Party.
The West End BC Liberals signed an agreement to participate in December, were formally approved in January and slotted into the parade & festival grounds having met all the requirements of entry to the event.
In May, the VPS had a sudden policy change regarding the parade. It required that everyone involved with the parade must support the TEN PLEDGE. The West End riding signed it and agreed to send the resolution to the next BCLP convention to get member’s endorsement.
Many readers may not know that BCLP policy is passed by its membership and is only a suggestion to government. A suggestion government often acts on. In this case, the BC government has been really clear. Everyone is currently protected and there is no need to change the legislation in BC.
The BC Liberal Party constitution is also clear – everyone is equal and there is no exception to that core belief.
Anyways, it looks like that was not good enough for the VPS remember they changed the rules after approving the West End BC Liberals but for what reason?
Next up the NDP Private Members Bill – hmm I wonder where that idea came from. This made it very political. As requirements continued to change and the BCLP was kicked out of the Parade.
What is really interesting is the following. This pledge is so important that they kicked the BCLP out of the parade but not out of the festival grounds?! I have heard the VPS also made exemptions for all media, crown corps & sponsors. It looks strange and I am certain the VPS will face a lot of tough questions after the way this issue was handled.
From my view it looks like the VPS is taking money over principles or were just settling a score against the BC Liberals. None of which looks great. My hope is that these new activists will channel their energy into a non-profit to help offset the large medical costs many in the trans community must face. Or they could focus on tolerance in seniors homes as I would hate to see all these gains lost as people age.
What I found confusing this week is that there is two flags flying this week in Vancouver. I thought this was a celebration about Pride & that flag was about all of us. I guess not anymore?
Pride weekend & parade are great events and an asset to our diverse city.
I am pleased to say that the West End BC Liberals will indeed be at the festival grounds all day. Thanks to all the volunteers, Jane Thornthwaite, MLA and Lorne Mayencourt, former MLA(Burrard) who will be running a busy tent! Happy Pride everyone!