Distributor of anti-gay flyers in Kamloops says he's leaving the country for good

This pamphlet was found under doors in The Northland apartment building on Nicola Street on Feb. 28.

KAMLOOPS – The controversial author of a what some have called a 'hate-flyer' will no longer deliver them in Kamloops or any other Canadian city — according to his latest blog post, he's leaving the country for good.

Christian proselytizer Bill Whatcott, known across the country for delivering pamphlets targeting and discouraging homosexuality, abortion and most recently the CBC, announced last week he would be relocating to the Phillipines.

“My ministry to Canada has come to an end, at least for the forseeable future,” Whatcott said. He wrote he spent his final days in the country delivering his flyer ‘Imagine Defunding the CBC’ in East Vancouver and Kamloops.

“I was not particularly surprised that most of the responses were negative, however Vancouver’s recipients of my truthful message have been far less vitriolic than the recipients in Kamloops a few days earlier,” he wrote.

The flyers in Kamloops upset local gay and lesbian Safe Spaces coordinator Krista Gallant who said the facts included in the pamphlet about the majority of gay men carrying sexually transmitted diseases were inaccurate and made it hateful. Ben Gayfer, who found a flyer in a Nicola Street apartment searched and found who he believed to be Whatcott in the building after he saw and was upset by graphic photos, including an aborted fetus.

Whatcott faced several legal battles after distributing a variety of pamphlets with similar messages in Western Canada, including his native Saskatchewan. The Supreme Court of Canada determined the flyers constituted hate speech in 2013.

Based on the CBC’s coverage of him, which included omitted key details pertaining to his case and suggested he encouraged violence toward the group, caused Whatcott to sue the outlet for defamation. He won the suit in January this year.

Despite his financial gain from the CBC's penalties, Whatcott has also faced several costly legal penalties throughout the years. It's suggested the move to the South Pacific was financially motivated.

"It's nice to be in the Phillipines with my wife. I really have no idea what I will be doing here. I am heading to a trade school right now to see if I can learn some mechanics," he wrote. "My wife and I are poor as I left Canada with very little. However we have family and God."

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