Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown says newest candidate Parm Gill now supports gay rights, despite past comments

Patrick Brown says his newest Progressive Conservative candidate — former Brampton MP Parm Gill — is now “100 per cent” for gay rights.Gill was nominated Sunday to run in Milton against Liberal cabinet minister Indira Naidoo-Harris in next June’s provincial election.He appears in a 2015 Punjabi Post Youtube video saying he entered federal politics because the prospect of same-sex marriage in Canada “pushed me over the edge.”Gill also attacks Premier Kathleen Wynne’s updated sex-education curriculum in the 12-minute video, accusing her of trying to “shove this down, this ridiculous policy, down our throats” and calls parts of the lesson plans “disgusting.”Brown defended Gill after speaking at a Pride flag-raising ceremony at Queen’s Park, telling a crowd of dozens of civil servants “it doesn’t matter who you love,” a line he repeats in PC television commercials airing lately.Article Continued Below“Parm Gill fully supports my direction, that we 100 per cent support Pride and equality and inclusion and gay rights,” said Brown, who served with Gill under former prime minister Stephen Harper.“A lot of Canadians have had their opinions evolve on this,” the PC leader added.“You look at Dalton McGuinty, you look at Jean Chretien. And if Parm had previous opinions, I’m glad that they have matured. I didn’t even realize he had a different position before.”