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‘It takes guts’

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Conservative Senator, and lesbian, Nancy Ruth stands by Diane Ablonczy.

Senator Nancy Ruth says the MP who publicly criticized Ablonczy is one of only a handful who grumbled about the $400,000 tourism grant at a June caucus meeting.

“I give Ablonczy 100 per cent credit for choosing not politically to discriminate against something Pride Toronto had a legitimate reason to apply for and met all the criteria,” Ruth said in an interview. “It takes guts not to discriminate when you know there is a faction within your party who isn’t going to like it. That takes guts and courage and I admire that.”

… When she mentioned Toronto Pride among the other names, Ruth says, a few MPs made audible sounds of disapproval. But the issue was never discussed, and their indignation was not acknowledged at the time by Harper.

Of course, by the Turner Precedent, Ruth should probably now be kicked out of the party for breaking caucus confidentiality.