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Canadian Mayor Rob Ford Wants Pride Flag Taken Down!

Canadian Mayor Rob Ford Wants Pride Flag Taken Down!

TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford is fighting to get the Pride flag taken down at Toronto City Hall.

Less than an hour after the city raised the rainbow flag to show solidarity with gay rights advocates in Russia during the Olympics, Ford burst out of his office vowing to have it removed and putting up a Canadian flag in his office window.

“This is not about someone’s sexual preference,” Ford told reporters. “No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up. I put my Canadian flag up in the window.”

Ford said he’s called city manager Joe Pennachetti and asked him to remove the flag.

“It’s the Olympics – this is about being patriotic to your country,” he said.

Ford said a question about whether he supported the gay community or not was “irrelevant to the point.”

He ignored questions about whether he was homophobic.

Earlier in the day, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam was in Nathan Phillips Square to watch the Pride flag being raised.

“I think really what we want to do is send a message of solidarity, support to LGBT athletes not just from Canada but around the world who are descending in Russia,” she said.

Councillor Anthony Perruzza said he met with Ford after the flag flap and may have brokered a compromise.

“He’s well aware of essentially what is going on,” Perruzza said. “My suggestion was that I believe we can fly both flags – we can fly the Canadian flag as well as the rainbow flag. The mayor agrees with that.”

Ford has yet to speak to the media following his meeting with Perruzza.

Ford’s flag outrage comes just a few days after he admitted he will continue to skip Toronto’s Pride parade despite the fact the city is hosting World Pride this year.

Most councillors were outraged at Ford’s outburst and vowed to fight for the Pride flag to go back up if the mayor gets his way and has it removed.

“I’m sorry that Rob Ford has decided to align himself with Vladimir Putin,” said Councillor John Parker.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly said displaying the Pride flag on the city’s courtesy flag pole doesn’t take away from the Canadian flag – which flies on its own flag pole in Nathan Phillips Square.

“There is nothing un-Canadian about that,” Kelly said about the Pride flag.

But Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said the city had made a mess of the whole issue.

“The Olympics are about sport and they shouldn’t be about politics,” Minnan-Wong said.

“This is just … another fine mess that we’ve gotten ourselves into.”



February 7th, 2014

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