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NDP MLA calls out BC Liberals for advertising in magazine with 'anti-LGBTQ values'

Last Updated Jun 30, 2020 at 2:09 pm PDT

FILE: B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson answers questions from the media following the speech from the throne in the legislative assembly in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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B.C.'s Liberal leader hasn't apologized for running ads in a magazine that publishes anti-LGBTQ articles

Andrew Wilkinson tweeted instead that going forward, they will do better when it comes to where they advertising

NDP MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert says an apology, not a tweet was needed

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An apology, not a tweet, would have been appropriate, says NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert after calling out the BC Liberals for advertising in conservative magazine The Light.

“Supporting a magazine that promotes anti-LGBTQ values, a magazine that promotes homophobia and transphobia and that’s something that Andrew Wilkinson needs to answer for,” he says.

Chandra-Herbert argues the Liberals advertising in the magazine gives legitimacy to a publication that spreads hate.

The magazine’s website says it is a free Christian lifestyle magazine that focuses on everyday issues while connecting Christians to local and global communities “featuring stories and testimonies presenting the gospel at work.”

PressProgress first reported about the advertisements in the magazine, which Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson responded to Tuesday.

He tweeted there’s no room in his party for anti-LGBTQ discrimination and will ensure advertising reflects that.

“Going forward, we are taking immediate steps to ensure our advertising decisions reflect those values at all times,” he adds.

But Chandra Herbert says it’s another poor choice

“He made one choice, which was to actively support a hateful magazine. Now he’s made another choice not to apologize and just to send out a tweet saying we don’t support this,” he says.

“I would have expected he would have said ‘sorry,’ but you know, yesterday (Monday) they said it was completely fine, and now today (Tuesday) because the public has shouted ‘No, it’s not,’ they’re coming forward and saying, ‘Oops.’”

Chandra Herbert also claims there are Liberal MLAs who are vocally anti-gay and anti-trans.

Liberal MLA Todd Stone, who was was one of the party members advertised in the magazine, took to Twitter to apologize Tuesday.


“I was very concerned to learn that advertising dollars from my office budget had been used to co-sponsor ads in the Light Magazine, a publication that has featured content that does not align with my personal beliefs. I am accountable for this having happened and I apologize,” he writes.


Stone says his office won’t advertise in The Light, “and we are reviewing all of our office advertising decisions to ensure publications are consistent with my values moving forward.”

The BC Liberal Caucus echoed the call to review how it advertised.


“We know how important it is to be accepting, tolerant and inclusive, and will continue to work to raise the bar,” it writes in a tweet.