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David Sweet, MP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

From September 3, 2008

David Sweet, Con MP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, was elected to the House of Commons in 2006. Before this he was a CEO of Promise Keepers Canada. Some comments made by Sweet, and statements from Promise Keepers, are causes for concern.

In an interview with Christian Week, Sweet said, "Men are natural influencers, whether we like it or not. There's a particular reason why Jesus called men only. It's not that women aren't co-participators. It's because Jesus knew women would naturally follow."

A leader of the Promise Keepers organization went further, "I believe that feminists of the more aggressive persuasion are frustrated women unable to find the proper male leadership. If a woman were receiving the right kind of love and attention and leadership, she would not want to be liberated from that."

And from the 'Chosen Women' rally: "[A woman's] job is to submit to our teachers and our Professors...even if we know they are wrong. It is then in God's hands."

David Sweet is on the record on homosexuality, saying, "It's pretty clear in Genesis, in Leviticus and in the book of Romans that homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle, and that's the truth we decided to live by."

Some may find it alarming that a group like the Promise Keepers, which believes in the dominion of men over women, and the derision of gays and lesbians, would have such influence on a Member of Parliament.