Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula has spoken out against an endorsement he received from a Lower Mainland conservative activist group.
Culture Guard, an outspoken anti-LGBT/anti-SOGI organization that boasts protection of the “natural family” and calls for the cessation of “the political tyranny of politically-correct idiotology” has released a list of candidates it endorses for the Oct. 20 municipal elections.
In the Comox Valley, Courtenay incumbent mayor Larry Jangula is the only candidate on the list.
(Area C school trustee candidate Terence Purden was also listed but Purden dropped out of the election last week.)
Jangula said the endorsement caught him completely off-guard.
“Let me be clear this came as quite a surprise to me as I have never had prior knowledge of this organization and I have never been associated with it,” he said.
Jangula was made aware of the endorsement on Friday, Oct. 12.
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, he sent an email to the organization, requesting his removal from its list of endorsed candidates.
|A screen shot of the email Larry Jangula sent to Culture Guard Wednesday morning.|
Among Culture Guard’s positions is “that the SOGI [sexual orientation and gender identity] agenda is dangerous and must be stopped.”
The group also has features on its website such as “The Health Hazards of Homosexuality.”
When asked how the group chose its candidate endorsements, Culture Guard president Kari Simpson replied, via email, “If a candidate appears on our list it is because we believe the individual candidate will meet the standard of good governance established by Culture Guard and ensure the proper representation of the office they are elected to.”
Asked whether Jangula was interviewed prior to the group’s endorsement of him, or whether he was informed ahead of time regarding the endorsement, Simpson was vague.
“The relationship between the candidate and the endorsement of Culture Guard is determined by a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, public statements, interviews, citizen endorsements, approved candidate requests.”
Culture Guard did not respond to a follow-up email asking again whether Jangula, specifically, was informed ahead of time, or interviewed.
The group also did not respond to an enquiry as to whether it would abide by a candidate’s wishes to be removed from its endorsement list.
(As of Wednesday afternoon, Jangula and Purden were still listed as endorsed candidates on the Culture Guard website.)
Simpson compares the SOGI agenda to that of the residential schools, accusing the B.C. government of “eradicating the Canadian civil culture out of a child so you can rebuild them up in the way that this social fascist government wants your child to be…” (March 28, 2018 - Kari Simpson on governments [sic] Influence on Public Schools).