Advocacy News - Putting a cork in M.P. discrimination
January 24, 2005
a cork in M.P. discrimination
While it is always good to write, phone, or visit your Member of Parliament to voice your support for same-sex marriage, actions speak louder than words. We recently received some emails from Ontario resident Anthony Carlucci, telling us how he and a friend have initiated a boycott of businesses that are based within political ridings held by MPs who are promoting discrimination against gays and lesbians, in hope of motivating businesses to speak out against MP discrimination.
"A friend and I have started to boycott businesses that operate in Conservative and Liberal ridings that do not support gay marriage," Anthony wrote to us. "I live in Stoney Creek - [Tony] Valerie territory, his office said they would support the bill. But we used to shop in Grimsby, Ontario which is a Conservative riding. On Friday night, I went to the grocers (Sobey's), Shopper's Drug Mart and the Pet Food Store and advised the management that I will not be shopping there [any] longer as their federal MP is not voting for the bill. The Sobey's manager said their insurable company covers same-sex benefits, as did Shopper's Drug Mart. I replied, I appreciate that, but the message has to be to the MP that people are going to stop shopping there.
"On the way home, my friend and I said that we are also going to boycott Ontario Wine ... most of the Ontario Wineries are located in the Conservative ridings. We urge others to boycott these businesses, but also to let the businesses know why they are being boycotted. And if these businesses care, [they will] let their MP's know what's happening.
"Just two guys trying to do our part. We hope this catches on, maybe you have the power to encourage others to do so."
Anthony has sent the following email to Ontario wineries and their Members of Parliament:
January 24, 2005
Mr. Carlucci I will save this email and show it to groups we have supported in the past such as Aids Niagara and A Taste for Life in Ottawa and let them figure out why Harbour Estates no longer feels obliged to support such causes. I can only believe you are acting unilaterally with such a ridiculous scheme as this. Use your own groups to lobby your causes, wineries have enough of their own issues to deal with.
See other email in January's mail.