"...investing in Pride".
So said the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty yesterday in Windsor.
The Toronto Star report says that Queen's Park is proud of its $300,000 contribution to Toronto Pride Week - in sharp contrast to the consternation in Ottawa over a $397,500 federal donation to the popular gay and lesbian festival. The Premier was quoted as saying "I can't speak for my colleagues in Ottawa, whatever their political stripe, but I can say that we take pride in investing in Pride. It's one of the single largest tourism draws to benefit our province, it generates millions and millions of dollars, it awakens more and more of the world to the fact that we have a tolerant, accepting society here in Ontario and here in Canada."
The province understands that festivals such as Pride inject tons of money into the GTA and are a win win for all concerned.
Would someone please alert Stephen Harper to this fact.