It wasn’t just the MSM that made it uncomfortable for Fantino to fund a homophobic organisation working in Uganda, there was more traffic around this issue from individuals tweeting, on FB and other sites that made the issue loud and thus forced it more broadly into the public sphere Fantino would have done nothing if it were in one or two articles, he did something because the issue was made loud by indiviudals who cared and who did something – even as simple as a tweet or two to get it ‘out there’.
Given the horrific and rampant homophobia of the Ugandan government – and therefore the obvious danger to life and security for LGBTQ2S citizens of Uganda, it is unpardonable that Fantino would so willingly add credence – even indirectly – to this grave human rights abusive situation by funding a group that falls in line with the Uganda government’s policies.
It’s important that folks who give a damn about human rights and development get to know the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act. It was assented in 2008. As stated in the Act:
2. (1) The purpose of this Act is to ensure that all Canadian official development assistance abroad is provided with a central focus on poverty reduction and in a manner that is consistent with Canadian values, Canadian foreign policy, the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness of March 2, 2005, sustainable development and democracy promotion and that promotes international human rights standards.
And finally, while it is true that Fantino is reviewing the funding to the group, it is not confirmed that he has pulled the funding, rather, it is under review. While I hope it is going to happen, it is not yet confirmed. THUS, it is really important we keep all the above in the public light.