Last weekend, Ontario Premier Doug Ford marched in the York Region Pride Parade. It’s not newsworthy when an elected official marches in such parade these days. But it’s practically front-page news when a Ford does so, such as Premier Doug Ford or the late, great Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
The Fords have long taken a pass on marching in such parades. It was their choice not to do so, and, ironically, for a community that has for decades clamoured for more tolerance and more acceptance, those who comprise the squeaky wheel of Club LGBT tend to be the most intolerant and unaccepting people in the room. They have routinely condemned the Fords’ choice not to march as being “homophobic” because hey, what else could it be, right?
There is still pressure by those in the Toronto Pride Parade demanding that Ford march in their event at month’s end. But Ford says he won’t do so, not until the organizing committee lifts its outrageous ban of uniformed police officers from attending (you see, Black Lives Matter demands that the Toronto Pride Committee be “police-o-phobic”, and what Black Lives Matter wants, Black Lives Matter gets.)
But Ford’s stance on this file is principled and correct. If Pride Toronto wants to ban specific municipal workers (i.e., cops, some of whom are gay themselves, by the way), then fine. But this should not be condoned by those in office. In fact, why doesn’t the city take back its annual grant to Pride, a stipend that is typically more than $250,000 – oh, and bill Pride Toronto for the additional hundreds of thousands of dollars in city services the organization receives to stage its parade each year. But alas, that would require Mayor John Tory to have some testicular fortitude. Translation: I’m more hopeful the Leafs will win that aforementioned Cup…