Nope there is no “hidden” agenda from the conservatives. It’s business as usual.
A gay and lesbian arts festival that was told it met all government criteria under a new tourism stimulus program learned today 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.
“We met all the criteria – this is a democracy,” said Girard. “They changed the rules as they went along.
“I feel like I’ve been had.”
Clement’s office was not immediately available for comment Tuesday evening.
Clement took over the new tourism funding envelope late last month, after members of the Tory caucus complained that junior minister Diane Ablonczy had approved funding for Toronto’s Pride week festivities.
MP Brad Trost told a socially conservative news website that Ablonczy had been stripped of the portfolio. The government said the plan was to move the envelope to Clement all along.