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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, August 11, 2004


Keep diggin' that Hole, Randy

Q: What do you call a guy who consents to be interviewed for a documentary, knowing that what he says will be controversial; signs a release, and then tries to backtrack with the help of lawyers after the shit hits the fan?

A: Randy White.

The Abbotsford MP’s strongly worded comments against same-sex marriage, recorded for the upcoming documentary Let No One Put Asunder, caused trouble for his Conservative party in the last week of the federal election campaign. No wonder—he was representing his own position as being reflective of his own party’s even as the Conservatives were doing everything they could to appear moderate on social issues.

White has since been trying to get his appearance edited out of the doc—after the comments had already aired and caused all the political damage that they could. This, despite the fact that he had already signed a release allowing the interview to be used, according to filmmaker Alexis Mackintosh

“It was very clear and he did sign a release stating that we could use [the interview] in the document. All the politicians and people interviewed all signed a release,” she said. She said questions on same sex, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms were asked two or three times.

“We made it clear we were asking for his personal point of view and his party’s point of view and he said they were the same,” Mackintosh said. White’s views were in contrast, however, to the more moderate image the Conservative Party was trying to create during the election campaign and party spokespeople have since tried to distant themselves, saying White’s comments were not the party’s viewpoint.

Well, to heck with his word, eh?

Mackintosh is going ahead with the film as planned ; it’ll debut Saturday at the Out On Screen film festival (like you were expecting anything else?) Yes, a panel discussion will follow the film, but White won’t be participating. Neither will any other same-sex marriage opponents, unfortunately.

UPDATE: More on White from the CBC
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