Despite the avoidance, Gunn is not done with the political run
He may have been pushed out of the BC Liberal Party’s leadership race, but that doesn’t mean Aaron Gunn is putting his political aspirations aside anytime soon.
“It’s been a strange week,” Gunn told the Western Standard Thursday night, just six days after the British Columbia Liberals thanked him, but not thanks to his offer of leadership.
“We were excited. We were rolling, we had a lot of momentum, we had a lot of back-end data that suggested we were going to win this thing or be very competitive and probably be kingmaker,” said the man who swore to change the Liberal name to something more in common with the conservative base of the party.
“And then the carpet was pulled out from under us, which we really hadn’t expected.”
On October 22nd, party officials rejected Gunn’s bid to lead the BC Liberals, saying approval of his candidacy would collide with the Liberal Party’s commitment to reconciliation, diversity and acceptance for all British Columbians.
“I mean, what are you doing under the circumstances?” Gunn asked.
“And there has been a lot of thought about what to do next? We’ll reload and we’ll be back, that’s for sure. “
Gunn has been branded a transphobia and a racist on a series of baseless allegations.
“The ‘official’ explanation for why my candidacy was rejected – as I was told by the BC Liberal Party – was that I committed the unforgivable sin of labeling Canada as a ‘genocidal’ state three times on Twitter,” said Gunn to his supporters soon after the Liberals learned him, refused him.
The 31-year-old said it was ridiculous and irresponsible not to acknowledge the word.
“It allows a very damaging mythology to take place about Canadian history,” said Gunn, who added that, from private conversation, many current BC Liberal MLAs agree with his position, along with the “vast majority” of Conservatives and most Historian.
Liberal leadership candidate Michael Lee wrote on social media that he welcomed the rejection of Gunn’s candidacy, while another leadership and legislature candidate Ellis Ross said on Twitter that the decision to ban Gunn was driven by “the voting members of the BC Liberal Party “should be met.”
“This country has many things to be proud of (and) it has parts of its history that it shouldn’t be proud of; Mistakes that were made that we can learn from, ”said Gunn.
“The boarding school or aspects of the boarding school program are 100% included, but to mention something genocide …”
Gunn noted that Canada recognizes only six genocides in human history, including the Holocaust and the Rwandan massacres.
“And to compare that at this level to what happened here in Canada is so colossally irresponsible.”
Gunn called it a bad grade in politics.
“We have now reached a point where the question arises: Is this the new litmus test for the candidacy in Canada, that you have to basically accuse your country of being a genocidal state?”
Gunn claims the Liberals have already lost members because he was shunned.
“There are a lot of people who got in touch, got memberships and got excited. (Now) a lot of people are forwarding emails with messages they sent to the BC Liberals saying,” Please tear up mine Membership.”
Gunn said voters would hear from him again soon but was vague about details.
“One thing I want to say to those who think this is the end, they couldn’t be more wrong – this is just the beginning, we’re just getting started,” he said, adding, “things are going on behind the scenes “.
“We are exploring a number of options, not a ton, but there are three or four different options that we are considering right now, but withdrawing from politics is not one of them.”
The BC Liberals are expected to elect their next party leader in 2022.
Mike D’Amour is the chief of the British Columbia Bureau for the Western Standard.