|Quoting N1120A (Reply 2):|
The general consensus is that he did this to satisfy the small group of religious conservatives within his party
|Quoting Boeing744 (Reply 4):|
I don't know if Harper is truely against gay marriage
Marriage, yes. I have heard him say in the past that he wants to protect "the traditional definition of marriage," however, I am 99% positive I have heard him say he supports civil unions, although I may be wrong.
This was a carrot he was waving in front of their faces to get a vote. As many have said already, this is one vote he probably wanted to lose. Harper must try his hardest to hug the political center if he wants a majority in the spring and this was an issue that, if left undealt with, would have dogged him.
|Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 5):|
it's been tried, it failed, it's over as far as I'm concerned.
I think alot of Canadians share your sentiment. I remember hearing mention of a poll on either the radio or the TV
that said most Canadians, even if they disagree with same-sex marriage, wanted to leave it be. It is cruel to keep homosexuals in this country in a constant state of limbo and uncertainty not knowing one day to the next whether their right to marry is going to stand.
|Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 6):|
I would probably bet that he is VERY happy that this is over, and that they can put this one behind them.
He can tell his so-cons that he tried his best.
He can tout the fact that he kept an election promise.
He took a tool away from opposition parties for the next election.
Overall, a very calculated political move with a high pay off.