Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has come under fire for being the first mayor to snub the Gay Pride parade there, the Toronto Sun reports:
“I’m going up north,” Ford said. “I’ll be up at the cottage.”
Asked if he is expecting any backlash for missing the parade, Ford said he’s just upholding a family tradition.
“We’ve been in Huntsville for the past 30 (years), as long as I can remember, since I’ve been a little boy,” he said. “I’m carrying on a tradition my father had, last year I was there during the campaign, we’re there every year.”
Condemnation on Twitter and in other major papers may be having an effect, the HuffPost Canada reports:
The Toronto Star reports that Ford’s brother and chief advisor, Doug Ford, suggested the two could make the Pride parade after all.
"We have 20-odd people going up to our cottage for Canada Day, but if I can make it back I will, and we'll see if I can bring Rob," he said late Wednesday.