Feb 10, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may want to take down the rainbow flag at Toronto City Hall but not too far up the street Ontario politicians are getting ready to raise the flag at the legislature for the remainder of the Olympic Games.

The rainbow flag is a long-standing symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and pride.

It has been raised at various city halls and municipal buildings across Canada in a sign of solidarity – after Russia passed an anti-gay law.

Last week Mayor Ford said he wanted the flag taken down because the Olympics “is not about someone’s sexual preference.”

At Queen’s Park, party house leaders for the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats have agreed to ask the Speaker for permission to raise the rainbow flag.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says Ontario’s strength is its multicultural society, and the Olympics are an opportunity “to demonstrate our tolerance, diversity and respect for human rights on an international stage.”

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