Ontario health minister marrying gay partner

  • duglyduckling

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    Aug 08, 2007 12:36 AM GMT
    It's good to see how times have changed here in Canada... :)

    http://www.thestar.com/News/article/243218

    ** Ontario health minister marrying gay partner in weekend ceremony near Sudbury **

    -- Canadian Press --

    Ontario's first openly gay cabinet minister only has just one day of bachelorhood left before he takes himself off the market.

    Health Minister George Smitherman is tying the knot with his partner Christopher Peloso on Sunday at a lakeside lodge near Sudbury, Ont., before 202 close friends.

    With the imminent end of his freedom in sight, the colourful and gregarious deputy premier said he wasn't nervous about anything – except the co-operation of Mother Nature.

    "But I can't control that," said Smitherman, 43.

    After talking about having a "shotgun wedding" if the federal Conservatives reversed the country's law allowing same-sex marriage, Smitherman made his engagement public in February.

    He has joked about the need to get in shape for the big day to avoid wearing a "Homer Simpson inspired muumuu."

    Training for a recent three-day charity bike ride from Toronto to Kingston, Ont., took care of any excess weight and Smitherman said he's both mentally and physically ready to get hitched to 33-year-old Peloso.

    "It's going to be great," he said in an interview. "I'm really excited about it. It's going to be fantastic."

    Smitherman popped the question to Peloso over Christmas by giving him a cream-coloured tuxedo with a wedding invitation in the pocket. Initially, Smitherman said the couple tried to keep the guest list to 130 people but ended up with over 200 invitees, Smitherman said.

    "But imagine how big the wedding would have been in Toronto," said Smitherman, who holds the downtown Toronto riding for the Liberals.

    "I'm old. I've been around for a long time and I know a lot of people."

    Despite the large number of friends and family, Smitherman said the couple is keeping the ceremony low-key with "no ties allowed."

    Premier Dalton McGuinty's office said he isn't attending the wedding because of a personal scheduling conflict. But McGuinty said he wishes his deputy the best of luck in married life.

    "I've got nothing but the best of wishes for George," said McGuinty before adding, jokingly, "I'm hoping that this marriage will help him come out of his shell."

    Conservative Leader John Tory, who sent Smitherman a bottle of Pol Roger champagne when he heard of his engagement, said he was very happy for the couple.

    "I like George Smitherman," Tory said. "We're combatants . . . (but) I know George and I've met his partner and spouse-to-be."

    That leaves Tory with only one dilemma – what to get the newlyweds.

    "You've reminded me of something I should probably address," Tory said, rejecting the suggestion of an ever-popular crock pot.

    Smitherman first met Peloso, a manager at chocolate company Lindt Canada, 10 years ago but the two only reconnected a few years ago after dating on and off.

    The newlyweds plan to honeymoon in northern Ontario briefly before Smitherman returns to Toronto to gear up for the Oct. 10 provincial election.
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    Aug 08, 2007 1:34 AM GMT
    liltaly what is your problem?
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    Aug 08, 2007 1:35 AM GMT
    I hope you didn't just compare Canada to Nazis
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    Aug 08, 2007 1:35 AM GMT
    Thanks for sharing that "cutie"
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    Aug 08, 2007 1:38 AM GMT
    Nobody bashes my home!!!
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    Aug 08, 2007 2:06 AM GMT
    In Quebec, for a while, we had a guy named André Boisclair who was head of the Parti Québecois, and from the start, he admitted to be gay.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 08, 2007 2:29 AM GMT
    Aren't Terrence and Phillip gay??
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    Aug 08, 2007 3:30 AM GMT
    litally-why don't you have the balls to get it out of your system and put it out in the open here.

    let everyone know what the your problem is with Canada France Britain, Brazil etc etc etc

    be a man dude. stop the disrespect. it doesn't resolve anything.

    where do baby seals come from?
  • OptimusMatt

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    Aug 08, 2007 3:42 AM GMT
    meh - you can call it inhumane, but quite frankly, at this point, I'm pretty sure the population depends on the culling of the baby seals to stem overpopulation. It's been happening for SO long that some form of adaptation must have occurred, as the seals, they keep on truckin.


    While I personally have no desire to go club a baby seal...*shrugs* other countries (notably YOURS, liltaly) have killed over 300 000 people over the last what, 5, 6 years?

    Spare me your judgment; every country has it's blemishes. Ours just happens to involve cute little seals instead of an axis of evil.

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    Aug 08, 2007 3:50 AM GMT
    Get a life Litally!

    Being thrown off this site TWICE in the pastas Cutemascjock and Eatmenow for posting your hate about Canada is not enough?

    You need to see a psychiatrist about your pathological hate of Canada...
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    Aug 08, 2007 3:53 AM GMT
    Everyone! If you do not know, Litally is formally Cutemascjock, who was thrown off this site for posting al sort os hateful messages about Canada and any non-US countries, then he came back as Eatmenow after being thrown off, did the same thing, then got thrown off again!

    It looks like he is at this again.

    I apologize to all Candian members visiting this site that you ahve to see this again.

    If he does this again, report him to the postmater of this site. He is well known to them!
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    Aug 08, 2007 4:54 AM GMT
    Litally said: "...Nationalism + Socialism = National Socailism, or, as the Germans used to call it by its other known name, the accronym: NAZI..."

    That is absolutely reprehensible statement, Litally. It is not only an insult to Canadians, by its ridiculous nature, it is an insult to the millions who died at the hand of the Nazis, by you're trivialzing the monstrous things that they did.

    I thought you had turned over a new leaf.

    I think you owe the group an apology.
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    Aug 08, 2007 6:11 AM GMT
    I thought, Liltally, you just said, in another post, that the Canadians were the same as Americans, so what were all Nazi's? Where's the logic?
  • OptimusMatt

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    Aug 08, 2007 9:10 AM GMT
    I will point out that the focus of this thread is not liltaly, but that canada rocks because...well, we rock. Also, I can get drunk at a casino and get married to the trick I picked up whilst on a winning streak at said casino.

    Here's to the mistakes I have yet to make, but loom around the corner

    :D
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    Aug 08, 2007 9:10 AM GMT
    I will point out that the focus of this thread is not liltaly, but that canada rocks because...well, we rock. Also, I can get drunk at a casino and get married to the trick I picked up whilst on a winning streak at said casino.

    Here's to the mistakes I have yet to make, but loom around the corner

    :D
  • Laurence

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    Aug 08, 2007 12:16 PM GMT
    Canada is a great place. As is anywhere that accepts it's politicians can be Gay/Lesbian. The Uk also has lots of flammers in positions of power (we're also socialist...so up yours litaly).

    More of this and less bigotry and the world would be a better place.

    Lozx
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    Aug 08, 2007 12:20 PM GMT
    Litally, after talking to another member on this site (who I shall not name) and he pointed out something very interesting...

    Under the "Feeling Bitter" thread, you posted:

    "Bitterness is a ridiculous emotion espoused by only the most crass and base people on earth. Oh, how I hate bitter people!!"

    Aren't you describing yourself when it comes to bitterness of Canada and all other non-US countries?!

    Like this friend said, it is amazing to see how the insane constantly describe the behavior of themselves when they rant about everyone else!

    And what is that picture of the fist marked in American flag..? Do you somehow think your own insanity is "patriotic"?

    Your behavior is nothing patriotic, but just plain embarrasing and insane.
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    Aug 08, 2007 1:22 PM GMT
    Thanks NYC,

    I have stayed off the forums for a while cause I find that people get off topic completly. It get sickening after a while.

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    Aug 08, 2007 1:24 PM GMT
    To respond to Mr. liltally I would say : "The United States are without fault. It is a pure country that never made an error in all his history ?! "

    I don't know what you're taking man but, you should stop it, it's not for you.

    Like all countries, in Canada, people are not all the same. There are different point of views on different subjects.

    And by the way, we are far from being like nazis. It shows a great lack a knowledge of our country. You should go out more !
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    Aug 08, 2007 5:34 PM GMT
    guys he is gone!
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    Aug 09, 2007 12:24 AM GMT
    Go CANADA!!!
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    Aug 09, 2007 7:53 AM GMT
    Oh Canada of Thee I Sing...


    :P
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    Aug 17, 2007 4:26 PM GMT
    Great to see this happen, best of luck to the couple off course!
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    Aug 17, 2007 7:42 PM GMT
    Adding to all those great comments about our country of CANADA, two politicans in Manitoba also got married......Boy I love my country...Oh..CANADA...oops sorry, just singing away - gotta go bye for now.
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    Aug 17, 2007 9:26 PM GMT
    'tis indeed a wonderful place, eh?