Pride Winnipeg is calling on all provincial election candidates to take ownership of previous disparaging comments made towards the LGBTTQ community.
The organization says it plans to meet with all major political parties ahead of the election to allow them to have the opportunity to learn more about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer community.
Former Southdale Liberal candidate Jamie Hall and Fort Rouge NDP candidate Wab Kinew have come under fire in recent weeks for past tweets. Hall resigned his candidacy after the NDP brought to light his past comments, while Kinew apologized for his remarks during a news conference on Friday, backed by Premier Greg Selinger.
“Healing is vital to the health and well-being of a society because it ensures that we can forgive and move forward, and it all begins with accountability,” Pride Winnipeg said in a release.
“Accountability in politics is important when there is still a lack of education and understanding surrounding the issues that women, LGBTTQ*, and indigenous people confront on a daily basis.”
Manitoba voters go to the polls on April 19.