A controversial anti-SOGI activist has been named as a candidate for Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada to run in an upcoming byelection in Burnaby South.
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, who ran unsuccessfully for a school-trustee position on the Burnaby school board, will be the first candidate to run for the new federal party.
In a Facebook statement, Tyler Thompson, a former Christian TV host and anti-abortion activist, says she tried to run for the Conservatives but they said no twice because the “higher-ups” felt she would “ruffle feathers.” She said she “was honoured” to be accepted as one of the first candidates for the PPC.
She said Bernier “bravely declared the death of political correctness” and opened the door for conversations and healthy debate.
“He is willing to take the heat to do politics a different way,” she said in the statement.
Tyler Thompson is an outspoken critic of SOGI, the province’s sexual-orientation and gender identity program. The program is a series of resource materials that are designed to guide teachers in helping LGBTQ students and to stop bullying that targets a child’s gender identity.