In 2003, at the behest of the Liberal government, Concordia University's Paul Hasting conducted research in which he discovered that:
Parenting by same-sex families is just as good -- if not slightly advantageous -- for children when compared to heterosexual families...
However Mr. Hasting's study has just now seen the light of day, and only because Mr. Hastings himself obtained a copy of it through the Access to Information Act.
Mr. Hastings said it is only speculation but he believes the study was being held back from being published by the Justice Department once Stephen Harper's Conservative government came into power in 2006. The Conservatives upheld their election promise to review the issue of same-sex marriage when a government motion on the question of revisiting the definition of marriage was defeated in the House of Commons in December.
The psychology professor pointed out that a government-commissioned study that suggests same-sex parents may even be advantageous to children would probably not be appreciated by the federal Tories.
This would not be the first time Canada's newish government has been caught suppressing scientific research that its political base wouldn't like. What do you see when you click on the link to the Government of Canada Climate Change website? Nothing, and its been that way since July 2006.