Pride goeth before a fall
Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost, a fellow Conservative, told the anti-abortion website LifeSiteNews that Ablonczy was being punished for the decision to give $400,000 from the Marquee Tourism Events Program to Toronto's Pride Parade, which was held this year on June 28.
Trost was quoted as calling it "a very isolated decision" that was not supported "by a large majority of the MPs."
Helen Kennedy, the executive director of the gay rights group Egale, called the incident "shocking."
She pointed out that the money was used to increase accessibility for people with disabilities who wanted to enjoy the parade, and also helped improve the quality of live entertainment at the 10-day festival.
"This minister, instead of being applauded for injecting much-needed cash into the local economy here in Toronto, is being penalized and punished," she told CBC News.
She said Trost's comments may point to an anti-gay bias.
"I would ask, is he in fact, homophobic?… Why is it troubling to him that $400,000 is being used by Pride Toronto to improve access for people with disabilities? Did he in fact make the same comments about $2 million going into the Calgary Stampede?"
Regular readers of Broadsides are familiar with LifeSite News as I am perpetually trashing its anti-woman agenda.
Today it even carried a story on the ''pro-life hero'' Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of Olinda and Recife, Brazil. He's the archbishop who excommunicated the mother and doctors of a 9 year old, pregnant with twins after a rape, because they sought to give the child an abortion.
So it figures that LifeSite would be just the place a homophobic conservative would go.
Trost was critical of Ablonczy for making that decision.
"The pro-life and the pro-family community should know and understand that the tourism funding money that went to the gay pride parade in Toronto was not government policy," Trost said in article published Tuesday at LifeSiteNews.com. "Canadian taxpayers, even non-social conservative ones, don't want their tax dollars to go to events that are polarizing, or events that are more political than touristic in nature."
Trost attributed the decision to fund the gay pride event to his own government's "sloppiness."
Dave Quist, a former political aide to Stephen Harper and now executive director of The Institute for Family and Marriage, said his group was disappointed that a Conservative government, just like governments before them, approved funding for the event.
"We would find the funding of Pride Week anywhere controversial," said Quist. "It's not a family-friendly event. It doesn't espouse family values that I would support, so the funding of events like that, I would have problems with."
Which is another reason why all this stinks to, appropriately enough, high heaven.
The thing is, Gay Pride is not only a celebration of human rights and diversity, it brings countless tourist dollars to Toronto.
I can't figure out what the Harpies hate more, lesbians and gays or Toronto.