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(April 29) "You’re writing a story about me? How about a centrefold?" then-PC Party MP Scott Brison told me, laughing, back in 2003 when he was running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives. After losing to the insufferable Peter MacKay – who I can’t help but remember was chatting up a girl with big tits in the Seahorse nightclub when I was in Halifax for the 2006 Juno Awards – Brison (who officially publicly came out in Three Dollar Bill) crossed the floor to sit as a Liberal MP on Dec. 10, 2003, four days after the PCs merged with the Canadian Alliance to form the new Conservative Party of Canada.
Which reminds me of the classic Ronald Reagan quote about why he became a Republican: "I didn't leave the Democratic Party -- the Democratic Party left me."
Anyway, since the rise of the new Conservatives in Canada, Brison married his partner Maxime St-Pierre and has run for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. He is just one of several out candidates running in this federal election, though the party fielding the most gay and lesbian candidates - a whopping 10 - is the NDP, reports Xtra newspaper.
Toronto's Xtra also reports the Green Party has five openly gay candidates running in the election and the Liberals have three incumbent MPs seeking reelection who are openly gay. The Conservatives have run openly gay candidates in the past, but they’ve never had an openly gay member of Parliament -- although Tory pitbull John Baird was outed in February 2010.
Meanwhile, Libby Davies is the only incumbent queer New Democrat seeking reelection. She’s trying to hold onto the NDP stronghold of Vancouver East which she has represented since 1997.
Former NDP British Columbia MP Svend Robinson was the first Canadian MP to come out as gay, in the spring of 1988.
Canadians go to the polls on May 2.