Stephen Harper: making homophobia a Canadian value

From The Toronto Star:

Toronto’s Pride Week may have seen its last cheque from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government after this year’s $400,000 contribution provoked a backlash from within the ranks of MPs and Conservative supporters.

And Tourism Minister Diane Ablonczy appears to have been disciplined for the controversy, losing her power to announce handouts from the $190 million Marquee Tourism Events Program, which gave money to the event.

Brad Trost, a Saskatchewan Conservative MP, spoke out this week against federal support for Pride Week, arguing that the caucus and Harper’s office were caught off guard by Ablonczy’s announcement of support for the event.

“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,” Trost said in an interview with, a website founded by the Campaign Life organization.

More here.

Toronto has the largest pride festival in the world. The world. Isn’t this something to celebrate? Apparently “tolerance” is no longer a Canadian value. What a shame.

And another thing. Since when are only heterosexuals pro-life and pro-family?

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6 Responses to “Stephen Harper: making homophobia a Canadian value”

  1. Nicholas FitzGerald

    What about those of us who are anti-life and anti-family? When will we get a government that supports us? Cthulu for PM!

    The sad thing is that real injustice like this is being overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the PM putting a cracker in his pocket.

  2. Sarah Andersen

    Honestly, this makes me incredibly angry. It’s not enough that Harper has to drive all the scientists out of the country, now he’s going after the GLBTQ community too. It’s disgusting that, in this day and age, in a country like Canada this type of insidious discrimination is allowed to occur. It’s no wonder that some Canadians are still afraid or ashamed to be open about their sexuality. Who can blame them.

  3. Nicholas FitzGerald

    Yes, it is upsetting. I’ll never understand how people can expend so much time and effort to what really amounts to just making others miserable. There’s really no tangible effect to opposing gay rights other than making people unhappy. What gives?

    Still, the battle is being won slowly. There are setbacks like this, but by and large there is an openness which would have been unthinkable a generation ago. And there is some consolation in the knowledge that as with all previous righteous civil rights battles, the tide will eventually turn, and history will judge these people with the same contempt and scorn with which we condemn the racists and bigots of the past. A lot of us already do.

  4. Geoff Costeloe

    It is important to properly understand the state of the Conservatives in Canada as well as conservative parties all around the world (with the possible exception of the US). These right wing parties are caught in a horrendous state of mind that continues to (as I’ve heard it stated) ‘appeal to the base’. There is this misguided fear that if a Con steps across a certain morale line (abortion, gay rights, ect.) that all the rural, churchgoing Cons will have some sort of revolution. These groups are very vocal about the role they see the Conservative party playing in Canadian politics. Their power can be seen in media coverage of strange religious stories such as Harper *gasp* putting his communion in his pocket (who really gives a shit).

    This has does the entire right half of the spectrum a terrible disservice by labeling everyday Cons as homophobic, pro-life, Palestinian haters (all of which I have been called in my time stuck between a liberal and a conservative). It is a continual frustration to have such a love/hate relationship with your party. As such I agree with this article and am ashamed that people I voted for can be such idiots. I don’t however, like the way that headlines like this paints the vast majority of Conservatives. I guess its our own fault I guess for not being as loud as the bible thumpers.

    I have come to dislike Harper more and more because of his fear of crossing ‘the base’ and am anxiously awaiting a Con leader who can be a true conservative, supporting individual liberties and limits government interference in everyday life. I think I’ll be waiting for a while.

    As a side note here is one of my favourite blogs – ”Gay and Right”. He’s even farther right than I am.

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