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.
“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, 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.
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Below the fold: The gay, lesbian and bisexual events funded by the federal government including in Brad Trosts area.
- Recipient: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Minister: Hon. James Moore
Funding received – $175,000.00
Purpose: Arts in Communities
- 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
- 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
- Recipient: Winnipeg Gay & Lesbian Film Society Inc, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Funding received: 4,000.00
Purpose: Project: Reel Pride Film Festival, Programming
- Recipient: Reelout Arts Project Inc., Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Funding received: $7,000.00
Purpose: Project: Reelout Queer Film & Video Festival, Programming
- Recipient: Queer City Cinema Inc, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Funding received: $13,000.00
Purpose: Project: Queer City Cinema 7, Programming
- 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.