And this quote was not that old. It was 2005 when he said that he believed that Bill C-38 would result in “religious schools not being allowed to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage."
Well of course they shouldn't be fired because of sexual orientation. His homophobic remarks were pretty common before his "re-invention".
" ... the comments brought back memories of Mr. Harper’s voting record as an MP. Back in 1996, Mr. Harper voted against amending the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The effect of that law was to make it illegal, among other things, to fire someone because they’re gay or lesbian. Mr. Harper voted to allow continued workplace discrimination.
2005 was also the year that he promised to privatize public healthcare.
I remember that incident. His people went ballistic, and after that he claimed to oppose private health care.
May 8th, 2005: He promised that if he was elected Prime Minister of Canada, one of the first things on his agenda would be to privatize the Canadian Healthcare System. Harper believes his party, the newly united Conservative Party made up of remnants of the old PC and Canadian Alliance Party is destined to win a possible upcoming election. And he is being rather smug about it.
Belinda Stronach, has defected to the Liberal Party, saying she disagrees with Stephen Harper on the issue of healthcare & the budget and that she would rather join the Liberals than "help Harper destroy the best healthcare system in the world". The current Liberal Budget designates a moderate increase to healthcare spending, whereas Harper favours a decrease in spending.
If you won't talk to us Mr. Harper we can only assume that this is still who you are. (Like anyone really believes it isn't)