Ford government defends grant to parade associated with premier's friend - 2019-07-25
The Ontario government is defending a grant for this year's Jesus in the City parade to an evangelical Christian group associated with a friend of Premier Doug Ford — the controversial Rev. Charles McVety, a vocal opponent of the updated sex education curriculum and same-sex marriage.
An annual event since 1999, the downtown parade with floats and marching bands will be held Sept. 7 starting at Queen's Park. It was given $12,078 under the Celebrate Ontario program, which also provides money to events such as Taste of the Danforth and Pride.
McVety has previously thanked Ford on social media for helping to rescue "our 15th annual Jesus in the City parade" when it was cancelled with two weeks' notice by the city of Toronto in 2014. Ford was on city council at the time.