Harbaljit Kahlon says sorry for views on gays
NDP candidate from Brampton East, Harbaljit Singh Kahlon has offered an apology for his views that he expressed in 2005 on gay rights and same-sex marriage. He said that he no longer holds those views and reaffirmed his commitments to human rights of all sections of the society.
It was reported in a section of media that in a debate on OMNI TV in 2005, he said that there is no research that gays are born homosexual.
Harbaljit Singh Kahlon is one of the strongest candidates of the NDP in Brampton, contesting from Brampton East riding.
Harb Kahlo was participating as a panelist in discussion on same-sex marriage hosted by Chardikal show in 2005, the year when same-sex marriage was made legal in Canada. Harbaljit Singh Kahlon was a student at York University at the time the debate was recorded.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told reporters that he has accepted Singh Kahlon’s apology.”That candidate has apologized unreservedly for those comments and has evolved in his thinking and says it no longer reflects in any way his thinking,” Mulcair said.
NDP also stood by its candidate in Scarborough-Rough Park, Rev. KM Shanthikumar, who was quoted making comments against abortion and same-sex marriage. While, the Conservative party dropped Jagdish Grewal as the official candidate for the party from Mississauga-Malton for him comments that he made about conversion therapy for gay youth.