A religious extremist running as an independent federal candidate in northern Ontario says that gays should be executed.
David Popescu made the comments at a Sudbury high school debate, after a student asked what he thought about gay marriage.
Students booed the candidate after his response and called for him to be cut off, reports the Sudbury Star.
Popescu repeated his comments in an interview with the Sudbury Star later that day.
“A young man asked me what I think of homosexual marriages and I said I think homosexuals should be executed,” he said. “My whole reason for running is the Bible and the Bible couldn’t be more clear on that point.”
He also blamed environmental and economic woes on the “wickedness” of society and said that “God would hurt” those who have abortions.
Sudbury Police received a complaint following the debate, and Canwest reports that police are investigating whether Popescu’s comments broke hate crime laws.
Popescu received 54 votes in the 2006 federal election and 124 votes in the 2007 Ontario election.