What better politically, then to have Lukiwski remain in his high profile position as parliamentary secretary? Scott Brison today:
“Allowing the member to remain an officer of the House of Commons defaces this institution. Does the Prime Minister realize that his tepid response to these hateful remarks against gays and Canadians suffering from aids tells Canadians that hate, bigotry and prejudice are just fine in his Canada?”
From a tactical, partisan perspective, there is more to be gained in leaving Lukiwski right where he is, because as Brison alludes to, it does send a message that bigotry and prejudice is condoned, through inaction, within the Conservative Party. In the past, Harper has gone to great lengths to distance himself from the belief that members of his party are outside of mainstream Canadian thought, particularly on social issues. Lukiwski on the front lines contradicts the wanted appearance, whether fair or not, he will always be a poster boy for the unattractive underbelly. Having him remain as parliamentary secretary, suffering no retribution, serves as a constant reminder of the type of people that the "new" Conservative Party attracts.
No, if this issue was viewed solely from a partisan lens, moral consideration aside, the last thing anyone should demand is Lukiwski resign, his continued presence is far more valuable politically than his quick dismissal.