Lots of folks are so fed up with the results of this year’s election that they’re talking about moving to Canada. Short of migration, how can we show appreciation for Canada leading North America’s way to marriage equality?
GLBTQ communities in the United States could give significant support to some official goals of the national government of Canada. Foreign Affairs Canada (parallel to the U.S. State Department) works to “promote Canadian values and culture on the international stage” along with other goals (according to www.FAC-aec.gc.ca). The mission of the Canadian Tourism Commission includes working “to increase awareness of and interest in Canada as a premiere four-season tourism destination” (according to www.TravelCanada.ca). The CTC indicates that travel to Canada from the United States and other nations contributes about fifteen billion dollars annually to Canada’s $774 billion Gross Domestic Product.
How could we help Canada with those goals? GLBTQ folks in many U.S. cities can support Canada’s efforts by providing them friendly audiences: the thousands of queers and our allies who attend annual Pride events.
Wouldn’t a booth staffed by the CTC to market Canadian tourism packages make a great addition to a Pride festival? Arranging that might not be all that difficult since the International CTC Staff has offices in several U.S. cities.
In Columbus, Ohio, we have already welcomed city, county, and state officials marching in our Pride parades. Why not just kick that up a notch and invite a representative from a Canadian consulate to join us? Wouldn’t a state car – one of those ultra-fancy limos carrying an ambassador and flying the national flag – look cool in a Pride parade?
J. Eric Peters