CORNWALL, Ontario – A rainbow pride flag will be hoisted at the clock tower in Lamoureux Park to protest laws in Russia which ban so-called “gay propaganda.”
Cities across Canada have made similar overtures as the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia have drawn a spotlight on the controversial laws that many critics suggest are racist.
The plan was met with complete solidarity at the city council table, with the exception of Coun. Glen Grant who voted against the move.
“I think this is an invitation to accepting an opportunity that is presented to us – to stand up and do the right thing,” said Coun. Elaine McDonald.
The flag will fly at the clock tower in full view of people in the park, as well as traffic on Water and Pitt streets.
Grant voted against the move because he feels the city is moving into an area that is outside its mandate.
"You could have an issue a week - a flag a week," he said. "It's an international issue."
It was pointed out to Grant that other municipalities in Canada are flying the flag too, like Montreal and Edmonton.
"Other cities can do what they feel," said Grant.