Haskett leapt into prominence several years ago after she was fined thousands of dollars for refusing to proclaim a gay pride day. This has been viewed as an extremely egregious violation of human rights, religious freedom and freedom of conscience---that you could be fined for what you did not do or you do not say. Terrible coercion, and Haskett stood up to it. As a protest, she ran for mayor again, but refused to campaign and won by a landslide.
Well...Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has some analysis over at LifeSiteNews.com on why she lost.
Dianne Haskett was overly managed by a team of strategists from Conservative Party headquarters. There were rumours well before the election that this is just what the party would do in the riding.
The negative outcome is a very important message for the Conservative Party. Voters in London-North-Centre weren't excited about Stephen Harper, but they might have become excited about Dianne Haskett. The only problem with the Haskett campaign is that the Conservative strategists were busy downplaying Dianne Haskett and emphasizing the Conservative Party.
The beginning of the end for Dianne was when she refused to answer the local Citizen Impact organization’s questionnaire. Every candidate, except Dianne, answered the questionnaire. Citizen Impact distributed the results of the questionnaire in 10,000 voters’ guides to London-North-Centre churches as a way of informing them about their issues of top concern.
Dianne is a believing Christian and her constituency was denied the opportunity to learn about her positions on crucial issues such as: abortion, euthanasia, marriage, informed consent, conscience legislation, child pornography and funding for special interest groups. Many Christians in London have indicated that they determine how they vote based on the results of the Citizen Impact voters' guide and Dianne 's positions on these questions were missing.
Dianne explicitly told a few persons who presented her with life and family issue questionnaires that the Conservative Party instructed her she was not allowed to sign questionnaires. It was as though they were embarrassed that Dianne was a Christian and a social conservative.
I shake my head in dismay. I wonder how many in the Harper government realize that much of their slim victory last time around was due to social conservatives who care deeply about issues such as marriage, euthanasia and abortion. Many Catholics who had never voted anything but Liberal came over to the Tories in the last election because they were galvanized by the marriage issue. Many of them are uncomfortable with fiscal conservatism and if these socially conservative issues are off the table, they will happily go back to the Liberals of the NDP without concern for their consciences.
Suzanne Fortin over at Big Blue Wave has been trying to get the Tories attention about this refusal to allow their candidates to sign questionaires.