Skip To Content

    Canada's Prime Minister Won't Say A Word About The U.S. Gay Marriage Ruling

    Stephen Harper’s office refused multiple requests for comment.

    Exactly one week ago the United States Supreme Court made history by striking down bans on gay marriage.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not attend any Pride events, but BuzzFeed Canada reached out to his office to ask for a comment on the gay marriage decision.

    Canadian Prime Ministers don't typically comment on court decisions in foreign countries, but it's not rare for Harper's office to issue releases about other countries. Two weeks before the same-sex decision the PMO sent out a press release about Philippine Independence Day.

    During his time in office, Harper has never attended a gay pride parade, though he is visible at other large public events.

    Thrilled to be at the #Stampede2015 parade with @LaureenHarper today. What a show! @calgarystampede

    His office routinely sends out press releases about holidays and events, such as Ramadan and a tall ships regatta, to name two recent examples. But the PMO did not issue a release last last year when Toronto hosted the international World Pride festival.

    Though Harper has been quiet on LGBTQ issues at home, his government has been a vocal defender of gay rights abroad.

    Showing up at Pride events can still cause a headache for Conservative politicians. When Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown and MPPs Lisa MacLeod and Jack MacLaren attended Pride, they were singled out by an Ottawa radio host.

    Where a @CFRAOttawa host says he would "toss" @jackmaclaren1 & I "out of the building" for marching w @LGBToryCanada.

    "Both of these people have just tossed a major block of their supporters under the bus. Do that those they were marching with are suddenly going to vote tory? Do they think any of those people care one whit about property rights, smaller government or lower taxes?" wrote CFRA radio host Nick Vandergragt on Facebook.

    He concluded by saying "I would toss both of them out of the building over this and never let them back in. Talk about a sell out."

    Harper last had to confront gay marriage shortly after he became prime minister.