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Conservative blindsiding: MP Diane Ablonczy and MP Brad Trost

As part of the Marquee program, various festivals received larger amounts in funding. There are a number of Marquee festivals and events in Canada and $100m has been allocated over the two years of the program to boost them. As a Tier One festival (i.e. with attendance of more than 250,000) Pride Toronto qualified for 20% of last year’s expenditure budget up to a maximum of $3m. The figure of $397,500 constitutes 20% of the 2008 festival budget and this was the criteria for the program. Significant funds are needed to achieve enhancements that will substantially increase attractiveness to tourists, and all funding was allocated specifically for enhancements that encourage tourism. It was understood from the outset that the program would be managed by Industry Canada.

Pride Toronto is thrilled to have been able to participate in this program and we believe that the recent success of the festival shows that the funding was justified and the expenditure will prove to be worthwhile. As for the issues surrounding Minister Ablonczy, we have no ability to comment on the workings of government. We appreciate the Minister’s time and attention to this issue, and we wish her well at all times.

Pride Toronto in response to MP Brad Trost (C- Saskatoon-Humboldt) at Lifesite News.

“The pro-life and the pro-family community should know and understand that the tourism fundingblack_opal money that went to the gay pride parade in Toronto was not government policy, was not supported by – I think it’s safe to say by a large majority – of the MPs. This was a very isolated decision.”

The Toronto parade is in it’s 29th year. Macleans Magazine looks at the Conservative claims of fund allocation shifting from The Ministry of Small Business and Tourism to Industry. Applications for summer festival funding closed May8th. Diane Ablonczy’s name is still on the applications for Small Business and Tourism.  The Marquee Event Funding Program is part of the January federal economic stimulus package.  The spokesman for Industry Minister Tony Clement now says Ablonczy’s office wasn’t equipped to handle the 100 million dollar program.

 

David Aiken says out of 12 Conservative MP’s contacted only two would go on record.

“It’s a tourism event, like any other tourism event,” said Calgary Conservative MP Lee Richardson. “It attracts as many people in Toronto as the Molson Indy.”

Dona Cadman, a first-term Conservative MP from Surrey, B.C., said she supports Ms. Ablonczy’s decision.

“I’m proud to see this reaching out to all sectors of the Canadian mosaic,” Cadman said in an e-mailed message.

Charles McVety made an issue out of this two weeks ago.
McVety=Campaign Life=LifeSite

D. Ablonczy Diane Ablonczy C- Calgary Nose-Hill

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Below the fold: The gay, lesbian and bisexual events funded by the federal government including in Brad Trosts area.

Saskatoon Star Phoenix – The Saskatoon Diversity Network received $9,000 from Canadian Heritage this year for last June’s Pride Festival.
David Akin’s On the Hill:

  • Recipient: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
    Minister: Hon. James Moore
    Funding received – $175,000.00
    Purpose: Arts in Communities
    Date: 2009-03-26
  • Recipient: Vancouver Out on Screen Film and Video Society, Vancouver, British Colombia
    Minister: Hon. Josée Verner
    Funding received: $32,000.00
    Purpose: Project: 20th Anniversary Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Programming
    Date: 2008-2009, March 4, 2008
  • Recipient: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender Pride Toronto
    Funding received: $21,000.00
    Date: ** Last modified, 2008-02-19
  • Recipient: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, and Transgenderal Pride Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Minister: Hon. Josée Verner
    Funding received: $35,000.00
    Purpose: Arts in Community
    Date: 2007-04-23
  • Recipient: Inside Out Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Inc. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Funding received: $20,000.00
    Purpose: Project: Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, Programming
    Date: 2008-2009
  • Recipient: Winnipeg Gay & Lesbian Film Society Inc, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    Funding received: 4,000.00
    Purpose: Project: Reel Pride Film Festival, Programming
    Date: 2008-2009
  • Recipient: Reelout Arts Project Inc., Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    Funding received: $7,000.00
    Purpose: Project: Reelout Queer Film & Video Festival, Programming
    Date: 2008-2009
  • Recipient: Queer City Cinema Inc, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Funding received: $13,000.00
    Purpose: Project: Queer City Cinema 7, Programming
    Date: 2008-2009
  • Recipient: Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Inc.Funding received – $26,000.00
    Date: 2008-2009 Last modified, 2008-02-19
  • Recipient: Darren McAllister, Ontario Canada,
    Minister: Hon. Peter MacKayFunding received – $550.00
    Purpose: To allow Darren McAllister to present his short film “Confessions of a Drag Queen” at the Outfest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Los Angeles, California from July 6 to 17, 2006.
    Date: 2006- 2007
  • Recipient : Michael Mew, British Columbia, Canada,
    Minister: Hon. Peter MacKayFunding received – $900
    Purpose: To allow Michael Mew to present his short film “Peking Turkey” at the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in London, United Kingdom from March 28 to April 6, 2007.
    Date:2006-2007

Discussion

5 comments for “Conservative blindsiding: MP Diane Ablonczy and MP Brad Trost”

  1. I recieved the email sent out by McVety , appealing to people to contact their elected officials & complain about money allocated for Pride celebrations. And , of course , they distort the Pride parades as being “sex parades”. The same is found on the website : word.ca . I emailed them to remind them of the real purpose of the celebrations and of the tremendous amount of revenue brought into city coffers. The worst part of his message , though , is his linking of anythong ‘gay’ to endangering children. Don’t we have such a thing as ‘class action lawsuits’ in Canada?

    Posted by Hugh (Bart) Vincelette | July 9, 2009, 1:52 am
  2. [...] b) They’ll start quietly trying to reverse the growing trend toward social acceptance of gays and lesbians. [...]

    Posted by Stageleft: life on the left side » We Were Wrong. There IS No Hidden Conservative Agenda. | July 22, 2009, 4:30 am
  3. [...] b) They’ll start quietly trying to reverse the growing trend toward social acceptance of gays and lesbians. [...]

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  5. Diane Ablonczy Minister of State (Seniors) a member of the Evangelical Missionary Church in Canada. She is a typical perverse evangelical, so heavenly minded that she is still not a true servant of the people, she rather is no earthly good, self centered, who still never replies to any of my letters so I write many many more for all to read world wide the truth still. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/professionals-what-a-joke

    Posted by thenonconformer | July 12, 2010, 12:52 am

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