Canada’s Conservatives May Repeal Marriage Equality | Jean Chrétien, the former prime minister of Canada, is warning Liberals that the country’s Conservative government, led by current prime minister Stephen Harper, is undermining progressive policies and may soon target same-sex marriage and abortion rights. “Unless we are bold. Unless we seize the moment. Everything we built will start being chipped away,” the former prime minister wrote in a fundraising letter. “The Conservatives have already ended gun control and Kyoto. Next may be a woman’s right to choose, or gay marriage. Then might come capital punishment. And one by one, the values we cherish as Canadians will be gone.” Canada legalized marriage equality in July 2005.