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Right-wing fringe elements


 

The director of a prominent gay and lesbian festival defends the government, whether they want to be defended in this way or not.

Suzanne Girard, director of Montreal’s Divers/Cité artistic festival, blamed right-wing fringe elements for unfairly trying to embarrass the Conservatives and cause problems for events like hers…

Ms. Girard says she has received money from the federal government’s Economic Development Corp. for the last decade. And this year the Conservative government committed to two years of funding – providing her with more budget stability. She has also received minor funding from Canadian Heritage for the 17-year-old festival that features gay musicians, dancers and theatrical performers. Divers/Cité brings in $10-million in tourism dollars.

“Personally as an organization, we have been treated very fairly and on an even footing with everybody else,” Ms. Girard said in an interview.

Further down, another festival organizer is less impressed.


 

Right-wing fringe elements

  1. How long before the Lib-Leftists turn on Suzanne Girard for defending the Conservatives?

    Time to start your Haper hating rants Libs.

  2. No, the actual question is: what makes Pride Week or DiversCite so different from any other local tourist event that brings in a comparable number of dollars? (I don't know if the Stampede is on the same scale, perhaps we can assume it is for the sake of argument?

    Oh, I see you edited your answer to that in. It's "ideological". Let's take that further. Should the government defund Edmonton's Heritage Festival because it supports multiculturalism? Should the government fund festivals that feature punk musicians? I suppose and hope, since you're a principled conservative and not at all a bigot, that your answer to these is also no. Fair enough, you're welcome to it. I happen to believe that a cultural life built only on what the free market will support is unbearably sterile.

    • "What makes Pride Week or DiversCite so different from any other local tourist event….?"

      Probably the number of times the word "fabulous" is said.

    • "I happen to believe that a cultural life built only on what the free market will support is unbearably sterile."

      Instead of "sterile" did you, perhaps, mean, "expensive to me"?

      If not, exactly why do you think a free market determined culture would be sterile?

  3. I love it when someone characterizes those who disagree with them as "fringe elements". It's the shortest form of the old (and foolish) argument "few of them, lots of us, therefore they're wrong". It's particularly ironic coming from someone in the gay advancement business.

    How about addressing the actual question: should taxpayers be funding a localized ideological event like Gay Pride Week, and if so, why?

    • Well, my question would be to you is: what's your objection to it being funded?

    • Don't worry too much about those who simply dismiss those with whom they disagree as "fringe elements". Such people are outside of the mainstream.

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