Homophobia not surprising, says Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 31, 2016 08:53 IST
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne along other delegates at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar on Saturday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Reacting to HT’s report on the SGPC decision not to offer her the ‘siropa’ for her stand on same-sex marriages, Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne told leading Canadian daily Toronto Star, “It (the report) took me aback. But homophobia is not surprising.”

“We’ve just been through that in Ontario. We know that it’s there. The best antidote is to carry on,” the premier said. “I feel strongly about going to the Golden Temple because it is such an important place for the country, but it’s such an important place for people in Ontario,” she said.

“I’ve heard the stories so many times from Indo-Canadians and I want to honour that place,” Wynne was quoted as saying. “So I will go in any case. Whatever the capital-P, small-P politics around that, I know I will be welcomed. I have been welcomed since I got here. People have been gracious and very happy that we’re here. So I am focusing on why we came,” she added.

Wynne, along with her spouse Jane Rounthwaite, received a warm reception during the Ontario trade mission in Amritsar.

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