CBC reports new claims.
Darren Cunningham, the director of communications for Industry Minister Tony Clement, says Ablonczy didn’t lose control over the Marquee Tourism Events Program because of her department’s decision to fund Toronto’s Pride Parade with federal dollars. “It was not in response to that, no,” said Cunningham.
Instead, Cunningham said Ablonczy’s office wasn’t equipped to handle the $100-million program while also trying to complete a Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. Cunningham confirmed that the program is being reviewed, but he said that also had nothing to do with the Toronto parade and was simply a matter of good government practice.