Frances Nunziata, the City Councillor for Weston, will represent Mayor Rob Ford at the Gay Pride celebrations next week.
Mayor Ford is going to his cottage for weekend of the Gay Pride Parade; he has been widely condemned as a result.
Councillor Janet Davis said his absence would be “an embarrassment” while Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam called it a “grave mistake.”
“It sends the wrong message to the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community, he has a ways to go to making amends,” said Councillor Wong-Tam, whose ward includes the gay village on Church Street. She noted that Mr. Ford never marched in the parade during his 10 years as councillor, and has argued against using city money to fund the Pride parade.
Mayor Ford has opposed city funding for any kind of parade in the past; in 2007 he opposed Pride funding because he did not think the city should support
Councillor Nunziata will be taking Ford’s place at the rainbow flag raising at City Hall on Monday.