Nova Scotia’s official Opposition leader is criticizing efforts to oust a pro-Israel campaign from Pride event in Halifax, Canada, saying it’s an ‘absurd injustice’ for a group promoting LGBTQ rights to silence the province’s Jewish community.
The vote set for the Halifax Pride Society’s annual general meeting on Wednesday evening would remove the “Size doesn’t matter” campaign materials from a fair booth hosted by the Atlantic Jewish Council.
The materials promote LGBTQ life in Israel and tourism to Tel Aviv.
The motion was brought forward by the group Queer Arabs of Halifax, and is supported by the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, a group that advocates for LGBTQ people across the province.
It is being actively opposed by the Atlantic Jewish Council and national Jewish groups.
Jamie Baillie, the leader of the Progressive Conservatives, says in a letter that he supports the state of Israel and will no longer participate in the parade if the resolution passes.
“It is hard to imagine a more absurd injustice than the thought of the Halifax Pride Society voting to suppress the views and opinions of another vibrant part of our local community,” he wrote in a letter to Willem Blois, chair of Halifax Pride.
Morgan Manzer, a board member of Halifax Pride, said the elected board will not be taking a position on the resolution, though individual board members may give their views during the meeting.