Show Politics June 23, 2011
Mayor Ford To Skip Pride Parade For Cottage

Toronto's mayor Rob Ford is facing some tough criticism today after deciding to skip the city's Pride parade in July to go to his family's cottage in Huntsville.

Marching in the Pride parade has become a tradition for Toronto mayors. The city's past three mayors - David Miller, Mel Lastman and Barbara Hall - have all participated. But Ford says his family has a tradition of going to the cottage on Canada Day weekend, that goes back to when he was a kid. He went on to say that even during his mayoral campaign last year, he still went to the cottage.

Two city councillors - Janet Davis and Krystyn Wong-Tam - have critcized Ford, suggesting it sends the wrong message to the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] community. Ford is also skipping the flag-raising ceremony at City Hall that marks the beginning of Pride week.

What do you think, is Mayor Ford entitled to honour his family's traditions? Or should he go to Pride parade?

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