A newly appointed United Conservative Party candidate strongly denies claims that when he promoted religious sexuality and relationship programming, he was supporting conversion therapy, a widely-discredited practice which aims to turn gay people straight. Jeremy Wong joined the race in Calgary-Mountain View on Wednesday. His predecessor, Caylan Ford, resigned after Facebook messages came to light in which she lamented a double standard for white supremacist terrorists, and questioned the “redeeming values” of Pride parades. Wong is an ordained minister and a pastor with Calgary Chinese Alliance Church. Conversion therapy is a discredited form of psychotherapy or religious counseling that is banned in some parts of Canada.