No sex parade money for you, Montreal. (You’re sexy enough already.)


 

lesbianI hope to god Kady’s wrong about this one. The Conservatives can’t possibly be trying to appease the cartoonish anti-“sex parade” fringe by denying funding to Montreal’s Divers/Cité, can they? After all, as Wells points out, it’s not like they’ve otherwise been very selective about how to dole out the cash, so denying Divers/Cité’s application is, well, a little out of character.

I got in touch with Tony Clement’s office to ask about them it. Unfortunately, Clement’s spokesperson wouldn’t comment on whether the fact Divers/Cité is a gay event had anything to with the decision not to fund it. Here’s what she did have to say:

* The program is oversubscribed. It has received many more applications than available funding.

* Just because an application meets the criteria does not mean it will receive funding, because there is not enough funding to go around.


* This is a national program and we need to ensure that it benefits festivals in all parts of Canada. To date, approximately 41% of the funding has flowed to events in Ontario (with approximately 18% of total federal funding going to Toronto) and approximately 42% to Quebec (with approximately 28% or total federal funding going to Montreal).

* This program is a federal program, it is important to have regional balance.

* We strongly encourage all festivals that did not receive funding this year to apply next year.

That’s it. No confirmation the Conservatives are no longer into sex parades and no denial either. It seems like it wouldn’t have been hard to break out the boilerplate dismissals—”the Tories support gay pride festivals, blah, blah, blah… only so much money to go around…”—and yet, no one’s doing it.

The Bloc isn’t buying it and you can bet your buttless chaps they’ll be hammering away at the Conservatives with this one when the next election rolls around. In fact, they’ve already got their talking points down pat. “After the deplorable episode of a few weeks ago involving Toronto’s Gay Pride, the Conservative government’s ideology is acting up again to the detriment of our culture and our economy,” Bloc MP and culture critic Carole Lavallée said in a statement. She adds that, just like in the case of last year’s cuts to cultural funding, “this Conservative government is once again taking an axe to everything that doesn’t pass through its ideological and sanctimonious filter.”

But “regional balance,” it appears, is the government’s story—and it’s sticking to it.

[Photo courtesy of jreid]


 

No sex parade money for you, Montreal. (You’re sexy enough already.)

  1. Carole Lavallée: “this Conservative government is once again taking an axe to everything that doesn't pass through its ideological and sanctimonious filter.”

    You have to hand it to the Bloc MPs. They are masterful spinners. They did it with the culture cuts and they'll do it with this, too.

    • I don't think one has to be too masterful to spin this. The optics are what they are. Harper created them when he capitulated to his base.

      • Really? I did not get any money for my heterosexual parade.

  2. Does Ontario account for 41% of tourism within Canada? Quebec 42%? Find it hard to believe that the remaining 8 provinces and 3 territories account for a mere 17% of tourists.

    Is 'tourism' counted as the number of individuals who tour Canada, how much the individual spends, the number who come from outside Canada? Do Canadians who visit another place within Canada count as tourists?

  3. The only cartoonish aspect that is demonstrated in this article is the fact that 83% of the program is being spent in Ontario and Quebec.

    • The program wasn't meant to support tourism throughout Canada, it was specifically meant to support Marquee Tourist Events. Ontario and Quebec have the vast majority of major events that happen in the country — often because they're needed to bring people to town. The Rockies, for instance, sell themselves — no need to have fifteen different week-long festivals to drive people there.

      So really, the regional imbalance is "built in" to the program.

      • You don't recognize how profoundly ignorant that is? You probably don't. There are marquee events throughout Canada.

  4. This post takes the Funniest Headline of the Month award. I still can't stop laughing.

  5. "Sex Parade" = hey that's my band no, no wait wait, loser on a computer, oh oh oh okay MC name yeah yeah that's the ticket – I can see the millions now…..

  6. 28% to Montreal? Montreal has just 10% of Canada's population. There's the scandal in this. And here we have a group claiming Montreal should be getting more.

    • When in a corner, change the subject. The point is not about where that money is spent but how that money can create the greatest amount of economic activity. As such, it should be only a question of how to get the most bang for the buck based on specific criteria… Pleasing a vocal minority of religious lunatic isn't one of them.