The same controversy that happened last year in Toronto is set to happen again:
[Toronto mayor Rob] Ford, who was elected on a right-wing, waste-slashing agenda last November, told the Canadian Jewish News last week that he will cut funding to the annual Pride Toronto event if Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is allowed to participate in this summer's parade.
"Taxpayers dollars should not go toward funding hate speech," Ford told the weekly, repeating a pledge he made while campaigning for the mayor's post.
Pride Toronto received $123,807 from the city last year.
Pride gets that kind of money to help them organize because the festival is a cash cow for the city - the city estimates pride brought $6 million into the local economy.
Which raises the perennial question about pride: is it a political event or is it a money-making party? Obviously I wouldn't presume to answer for the people of Toronto, but if they were getting a grant for their political protest then it couldn't have been that great of a protest in the first place.
If it's a political protest, then they don't need a grant to put it on. If it's just supposed to be a big party, then sponsors of that party are going to try to control the event with money.
But if it's supposed to be one of those half-way, in-between events, where political energy is co-opted for the purposes of making money (or lots of people with different goals are getting together), then the city is using grant money to discriminate against a certain political viewpoint (that Israel's actions in Palestinian land are wrong - and, no, it's not "hate speech" to criticize a government's actions).
Perhaps the problem is a lack of clarity from the start about what people want out of pride.