Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rob Ford reacts to Pride Toronto's flip-flop to allow anti-Israel hate group's participation
Ford supported the original motion put forward by his Council colleague Giorgio Mammoliti to withdraw funding to the parade if they allowed Queers Against Israeli Apartheid to participate. "Pride Toronto just doesn't get it - this taxpayer funded parade is not about international conflicts," Ford added. "The parade is a celebration, not an opportunity for an aggressive fringe group to spread their hateful message."
In 2009 Pride Toronto received nearly $300,000 tax dollars for the parade, policing and clean-up. "The Santa Claus Parade, the St. Patrick's Day Parade the Greek Parade and many others don't receive public funding," Ford added. "It is astonishing to me that in this day and age, Pride Toronto is going to allow such a hateful message at their event," he concluded.