EDMONTON — Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel called on Alberta Wildrose party leader Danielle Smith on Wednesday to “clearly refute” comments by her party’s candidates about race and homosexuality.
“I think it’s not representative of Alberta or Albertans,” he said. “We’re a very multicultural, dynamic and creative community. I don’t think there’s any place in our province for homophobism or diminishing the value of any group.
“It’s a bit disappointing, what’s coming out. Hopefully, responses will be made to them.”
Last weekend, Edmonton Wildrose candidate Allan Hunsperger made headlines when a blog he wrote warned homosexuals they will suffer for eternity in a “lake of fire.”
Two days later, Calgary Wildrose candidate Ron Leech was in the spotlight after he said during a radio interview that he thinks he has an electoral advantage because he is white.
Smith should have shot down these ideas because they could hurt the province, but that didn’t happen, Mandel said.