Stefanson’s no show, got her banned from future pride events
When Premier Heather Stefanson won the leadership race in October of 2021 to become the Manitoba PC party leader and Premier, she promised to do things differently from her predecessor Brian Pallister. However, her actions once again have proven otherwise.
Premier Stefanson used the Pride parade as a photo opportunity to indicate she was in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Just like Pallister, she was also a no-show at the parade march.
“Pride Winnipeg will not allow the current government to utilize the annual Pride Rally as a photo op or to take up space in our community events without walking alongside us to truly show full support for our community. We expect our political leaders to stand with our community and truly show they support the community at large.
“We are expecting an apology to not just Pride Winnipeg but to our entire 2SLGBTQ+ community at large for this gross lack of respect for our community. We deserve better.
Pride Winnipeg will not be extending an invitation to Premier Stefanson to speak at any of the 2023 Pride festivities, including the Rally, due to the blatant disrespect shown to our community.” Said Pride President Barry Karlenzig
After the news broke, Premier Stefanson’s office apologized to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. She blamed her inexcusable blunder on scheduling conflicts and miscommunication by her staff and event organizers.
It is also to note her Chief of Staff took full responsibility for Stefanson not attending the event, which leaves several pressing questions?
Was it indeed an oversight by Stefanson’s chief of staff when the same pattern of behaviours happened when he was the chief of staff to Premier Pallister?
Seeing that it was the return of Pride after a few years absent due to the pandemic, what other events could have possibly been more pressing?
What other event drew a crowd of more than 50,000 people that day that warranted the Premier’s attention?
The following year’s Pride parade is also the year Manitobans head to the polls to elect the next Premier and government. Therefore, expect Stefanson and the PC party to ride the giant blue float, waving the rainbow flags and handing out membership sign-up cards.