What are we to make of the missing 23?
Five are fairly well-known as being in favour of same-sex marriage:
- Garth Turner (CPC, Halton, ON).
- Gerald Gordon Keddy (CPC, South Shore—etc., NS)
- James Moore (CPC, Port Moody-etc., BC)
- Jim Prentice (CPC, Calgary Centre-North, Alta)
- John Baird (CPC, Ottawa West--Nepean, ON)
But what happened to the rest? Here is the list from English Canada.
- Blaine Calkins (CPC, Wetaskiwin, Alta). Not endorsed; no mention of marriage that I can find on his website.
- Brian Storseth (CPC, Westlock--St. Paul, Alta) Not endorsed; no mention of marriage on website.
- Bruce Stanton (CPC, Simcoe North, ON) Not endorsed; no mention of marriage on website.
- Mike Wallace (CPC, Burlington, ON). Not endorsed; no mention of marriage that I can find on his website
- Pat Davidson (CPC, Sarnia--Lambton, ON) Not endorsed; no mention of marriage on website.
- Patrick Brown (CPC, Barrie, ON) Not endorsed; no mention of marriage on website.
- Rick Norlock (CPC, Northumberland--Quinte West, ON) Not endorsed; no mention of marriage on website.
- Jim Flaherty (CPC, Whitby--Oshawa, ON) Not endorsed; no mention of marriage in website.
As for the other Ontario omissions, it is possible that these too did not want the endorsement either because they are in favor of same sex marriage (or are at least not strongly opposed to it), or perhaps because they have other priorities.
Finally, there are the new CPC MPs in Quebec, about whom I'm finding it difficult to find much:
- Lawrence Cannon (CPC, Pontiac, QC), who is widely reported as pro-ssm.
- Josèe Verner (CPC, Louis-Saint-Laurent, QC), on whom see below
- Christian Paradis (CPC, Mègantic—etc., QC)
- Daniel Petit (CPC, Charlesbourg-etc, QC)
- Jacques Gourde (CPC, Lotbiniëre-etc., QC)
- Jean-Pierre Blackburn (CPC, Jonquiëre--Alma, QC)
- Luc Harvey (CPC, Louis-Hèbert, QC)
- Steven Blaney (CPC, Lèvis--Bellechasse, QC)
- Sylvie Boucher (CPC, Beauport--Limoilou, QC)
"Harper's Quebec wing, including his unelected Quebec lieutenant, Josee Verner, openly support gay marriage, a woman's right to an abortion and other liberal-leaning positions."To judge from this, it is possible that many if not most of these are in fact pro-ssm.
That would nicely explain why they were left out of the Vote Marriage endorsements.
So in the end we should probably assume that Vote Marriage's list of anti-ssm Conservatives is more or less complete at somewhere around 100.