I too have evolved Goodale wants clarity from Scheer on LGBTQ positions

After posting a 14-year-old video of Andrew Scheer speaking out against same-sex marriage, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said his own views have evolved and the Conservative leader needs to clarify whether his have as well.In a 2005 speech during debate over the Civil Marriage Act in the House of Commons, Scheer said gay and lesbian unions lack “the complementarity of the sexes.”“They have many of the collateral features of marriage, but they do not have its inherent feature. As they cannot commit to the natural procreation of children, they cannot therefore be married,” Scheer said.“Just because you call a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. If this bill passes, governments and individual Canadians will be forced to call a tail a leg, nothing more.”Goodale shared the video to his Twitter page on Thursday. He called on Scheer to “end his lifelong boycott of Pride events and explain whether he would still deny same-sex couples the right to marry.”But Conservatives, including Scheer’s director of communications, quickly pointed out that Goodale had also voted against same-sex marriage in Parliament. He voted against a private members bill on recognition of same-sex spouses in 1995 and another motion in 1999. Numerous Liberals did likewise at the time, including some who still sit in Parliament.On Friday, during an event in Regina, Goodale said his views have evolved along with the general currents of society, which has moved increasingly toward tolerance of same-sex relationships.“Over the last 20 to 25 years, there has been an absolutely huge evolution — in attitudes, in institutions, in laws, in the the whole public response to these important issues, and I too have evolved in that period of time,” said Goodale.“The world has moved along in a constructive, progressive, inclusive direction. And it’s important for all political leaders to demonstrate that they’re part of that.”Jacq Brasseur, the executive director of the UR Pride Centre, agreed that politicians need to be given the space to grow on issues like same-sex marriage. Brasseur, who uses the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” said many are waiting to hear whether and how Scheer’s views might have shifted.“I don’t think the issue is that Andrew Scheer had that opinion in 2005,” said Brasseur. “The issue is we don’t know if Andrew Scheer still believes this.”Brasseur said it’s not particularly helpful for the Conservatives to point to an alleged double standard involving Goodale’s views. Brasseur pointed out that Goodale now attends UR Pride events. He attended the Queen City Pride Parade this year as well. Scheer did not.But Brasseur also worried that bringing same-sex marriage back to the fore could overshadow other issues of importance for the LGBTQ community. They noted that LGBTQ youth face higher rates of poverty and homelessness, for instance. The community is far from politically homogenous, Brasseur added, with members supporting Liberals, Conservatives and many other parties.Scheer’s communications director, Brock W. Harrison, has called Goodale’s attempt to resurrect same-sex marriage a “distraction tactic.”“Mr. Scheer supports same-sex marriage as defined in law and as Prime Minister will, of course, uphold it,” Harrison tweeted on Thursday.Press secretary Daniel Schow expanded on that in an email to the Leader-Post.“Canada’s Conservatives have a proud history of fighting for the rights and protection of all Canadians, including those in the LGBTQ community, at home and abroad,” said Schow. “There are many ways to support these communities, and it is vital that the rights all Canadians are protected regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. Mr. Scheer will continue to stand up against hatred and discrimination in all its forms.”For instance, Scheer has spoken out against the “terrible moment of injustice” against public servants who lost their jobs under suspicion of being gay or lesbian. He has also criticized persecution of LGBTQ people in Brunei and Russia.But Brasseur said they want to hear more about Scheer’s “human perspective” on LGBTQ issues. He was pressed on that in 2016 while appearing on CBC’s Power and Politics. He said he has his own “personal beliefs and “faith background.” He admitted the issue divides Conservatives, but said same-sex marriage is the “law of the land.”“It happened in 2005. I was a member of Parliament at the time. I voted my conscience. I voted my constituents’ wishes,” Scheer told host Rosemary Barton. “It’s not something that I’m looking to revisit.”Asked whether he believes Scheer has a “hidden agenda” on moral issues like same-sex marriage, Goodale suggested that only the Conservative leader can allay suspicions.“Clarity would help answer all of those questions and that is what has not been forthcoming,” he said. “Whether that speech from long ago still applies or not — one would hope not — but it’s not clear one way or the other.”Goodale added that a young person in rural Saskatchewan struggling with their identity might be reassured to hear the “complete roster” of prospective prime ministers say “we’ve got your back.” He urged Scheer to join the chorus by marching in Ottawa’s upcoming Pride parade.“Symbols matter, and sending those important signals to the LGBTQ2 community to say there is absolutely no doubt, there is no controversy, there is no inkling of weakness on this point,” Goodale said.Jim Farney, the head of the University of Regina’s politics and international studies department, said it’s pretty clear the Liberals are trying to paint Scheer as a social conservative.He said that the Conservative position has nonetheless been relatively clear over several years. The party has portrayed itself as open to those with a diversity of views on LGBTQ issues, but has insisted that it’s unwilling to reopen a closed debate over same-sex marriage.Farney said moral issues — like LGBTQ rights, abortion and euthanasia — can be powerful political weapons in federal campaigns. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them continue to crop up as the election approaches.awhite-crummey@postmedia.com read more

Korab Resources evaluating anthracite prospects in Ukraine and reports dynamic market

first_imgKorab Resources, an Australian resource development and exploration company is currently evaluating portfolio of energy assets in Ukraine with a view to acquiring controlling interest in these assets. Eastern Ukraine assets, which are being evaluated and which are subject of the potential transactions, include a producing anthracite coal mine and other anthracite coal deposits, as well as shale gas and coal seam gas licences. The anthracite coal mine which is being evaluated is currently in production. It has its own railway spur and is connected by rail to a deep sea port terminal. The anthracite deposits under evaluation are ready to produce. Korab explains that anthracite coal, “because of its rarity, increased use and limited capacity to increase supply, has seen strong price increases. Anthracite global reserves account for about 1% of total coal reserves making this one of the rarest forms of coal and leading to it being termed ‘black gold’ of the coal world. Anthracite is a hard, compact variety of coal that has a high lustre. It has the highest carbon count and contains the fewest impurities of all coals. Anthracite is the highest of the metamorphic rank, in which the carbon content is between 92% and 98%. The moisture content of fresh-mined anthracite is less than 15%. The heat content of anthracite ranges from 26 to 33 MJ/kg on a moist, mineral-matter-free basis.“In China and India, anthracite plays a crucial role in steel making, particularly in pulverised-coal-injection (PCI) methods. The technology involves injecting very fine particles of pulverised coal at high rates into the chamber of the blast furnace as a fuel. Most modern furnaces are equipped with a coal grinding and coal injection system. The major incentive is cost savings. A coal grinding and injection system requires much less capital cost compared to a coke oven installation.“In 2009 China (which produces about 50% of world anthracite) stopped exporting anthracite and by 2010 China had become a net importer of anthracite coal.  Globally, anthracite is used as a superior and cleaner substitute to coke because of its physical and chemical characteristics.” The main applications where anthracite coal is used are:Carboniser for steel productionCoke substitute in production and smelting of nonferrous metalsProduction of synthetic corundum in abrasive industryCarbon fuel for agglomeration of ores for frrous and non-ferrous metalsAthracite refuse and mine waste is used for team electric power generation.In addition to hosting large deposits of anthracite coal, Uraine has significant deposits of coal seam gas, and some of the richest shale gas deposits in Europe. Ukrainian shale gas deposits are estimated to have as much as 88 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas reserves.last_img read more