Soft spot

A look at the federal government’s Marquee Tourism Events Program in light of its decision not to fund the Toronto Pride Festival.

The Marquee program seems to have a soft spot for rodeos. Last year, it funded the Cloverdale Rodeo and this year money was doled out to Whoop-Up Days in Lethbridge, the Saskatoon Exhibition and the Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede -all of which have rodeo events.

And for citizens concerned about Canada’s obesity or diabetes epidemics, rest assured the Marquee program has not neglected the nation’s health.

That’s why it also funded Canada’s Largest Ribfest, which claims that an “astonishing 150,000 pounds of ribs” are consumed in one weekend.


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