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Calgary minister ‘stripped of responsibility’ after funding Pride event

PinkNews Staff Writer July 8, 2009

A Calgary tourism minister has reportedly been stripped of her responsibility for a major funding programme because she granted financial support for the city’s annual Pride week.

Conservative MP Brad Trost, who has criticised Pride, suggested in an interview that federal tourism minister Diane Ablonczy was stripped of her responsibility for the $100 million tourism fund as a punishment.

In the interview with, he implied she had been punished because the event embarrassed the Conservative government.

Trost added: “The pro-life and the pro-family community should know and understand that the tourism funding money that went to the gay pride parade in Toronto was not government policy.

“Canadian taxpayers, even non-social conservative ones, don’t want their tax dollars to go to events that are polarising, or events that are more political than touristic in nature.”

The government denied she had been punished, saying it had always been expected she would hand over control of the fund to industry minister Tony Clement.

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