Questions are being raised about a Richmond NDP candidate’s commitment to LGBT rights.
Chak Au is denying downplaying his support for core NDP values in conversations with Chinese-language media.
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Concerns spread after an interview from Fairchild radio with Chak Au surfaced where he responds to anonymous attack ads taken out against him, slamming him for changing his views to now support gay marriage and supervised injection sites.
Au appears to tell socially conservative Chinese voters that the NDP have allowed him to vote his conscience on “sensitive issues” like gender-neutral washrooms and supervised injection sites. Translated, Au says “my views haven’t changed.”
But speaking to CKNW, Au insists that’s not what he meant.
“Let me be very clear, I’m a strong supporter of human rights, and I also have a record of standing up for human rights. I haven’t changed,” says Au.
He says he recognizes we live in a diverse community.
“At the end of the day I think we have to respect human rights, we have to respect the law of the land, and there could be discussions, debates, but in the end, we have to go back to the core values which Canadians stand for.”
NDP candidates and LGBT advocates Spencer Chandra Herbert and Morgane Oger have both come to Au’s defence, saying they believe him.