Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tories Reject Funding For Montreal Gay Festival

Two of the many colourful participants get up close and personal ahead of the annual gay pride parade in Montreal, on Sunday, August 17, 2008. (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

From The Globe And Mail:

OTTAWA -- A gay and lesbian arts festival that was told it met all government criteria under a new tourism stimulus program learned Tuesday it was rejected for funding.

The news arrived at Montreal's Divers-Cite a few weeks after tension swept the Conservative caucus over funding for Toronto's Pride week, and just days before the beginning of their event.

The directors of Divers-Cite had actually sprung to the defence of Stephen Harper's government earlier this month, telling The Canadian Press that the Conservatives had never treated them differently. Some in the gay community attacked them for their comments.

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