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Mulcair dodges question on homophobic Catholic views

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JESSICA HUME | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA - Not all homophobia is equal in Tom Mulcair's eyes, it seems.

After calling homophobia within the Evangelical Christian church un-Canadian, the NDP leader declined to admit how the Roman Catholics' almost identical views of homosexuality is any less contrary to Canadian laws and values.

Mulcair raised eyebrows earlier this week when he slammed the government over $389,000 in funding to the group Crossroads, an Evangelical aid organization that does work in Uganda, a country where gays are persecuted.

"We don't understand how the Conservatives can ... subsidize a group in Uganda whose views are identical to those of the Ugandan government," Mulcair said at the time, adding that those views go "completely against" Canadian laws and values.

But when asked whether the homophobic views of the Roman Catholics are equally un-Canadian, Mulcair - himself a Roman Catholic - instead continued to attack Crossroads.

"We feel that a group that equates gays and lesbians with pedophiles should not be receiving government money and we hold to that view."

While Crossroads had listed both homosexuality and pedophilia as "sins" on its website (a page that has now been removed), it did not connect the two.

Crossroads spokesperson Lara Dewar-Laurie said: "We do not have a history of speaking out against homosexuality. We have a history of participating in projects where there is an acute need and where we have the core competencies to address them."

Tory MP Erin O'Toole said Mulcair's comments go against the charter.

"Trying to identify any group, calling them un-Canadian is troubling. The dialogue needs to be a little higher."

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