Selinger tweets support for Morris restaurant, mayor

Advertisement

Advertise with us

A restaurant in Morris that is set to close next Saturday because of prejudice against its two gay owners will serve Premier Greg Selinger on its penultimate day of operation.

Read this article for free:

or

Already have an account? Log in here »

To continue reading, please subscribe with this special offer:

All-Access Digital Subscription

$1.50 for 150 days*

  • Enjoy unlimited reading on winnipegfreepress.com
  • Read the E-Edition, our digital replica newspaper
  • Access News Break, our award-winning app
  • Play interactive puzzles
Continue

*Pay $1.50 for the first 22 weeks of your subscription. After 22 weeks, price increases to the regular rate of $19.00 per month. GST will be added to each payment. Subscription can be cancelled after the first 22 weeks.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 04/04/2013 (3471 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A restaurant in Morris that is set to close next Saturday because of prejudice against its two gay owners will serve Premier Greg Selinger on its penultimate day of operation.

Selinger announced today via Twitter that he will visit the town next week as part of a southern Manitoba tour to discuss flood preparations with local officials.

He will have lunch next Friday at the Pots N Hands restaurant, which has received national attention after its owners, two gay men, announced they were closing their establishment after enduring homophobic comments. The eatery has been open for only four months.

TREVOR HAGAN / THE CANADIAN PRESS The Pots N Hands Restaurant owner and chef, Dave Claringbould in Morris, Manitoba. Premier Greg Selinger announced via Twitter he would eat at the restaurant when visiting Morris next week.

In a tweet today, Selinger wrote: “Congrats Mayor (Gavin) van der Linde & Morris on stand against racism and homophobic bullying. Lunch at Pots N Hands next week during flood prep”

In an interview, Selinger said he wanted to express his support for the restaurant as well as for van der Linde.

The mayor has spoken out against homophobia and racism exhibited by some elements of his community. He’s made it clear that such prejudicial sentiments do not reflect the majority of citizens in his town.

This past winter, an editorial in a Morris newspaper attacked Aboriginal people, accusing them of being lazy and corrupt.

Selinger telephoned the mayor today to say he would be visiting and to commend him for his leadership.

“He’s just been a strong advocate for an inclusive community and to make the case that his citizens are people that respect others,” the premier said.

 

Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch
Legislature reporter

Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Report Error Submit a Tip

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Local

LOAD MORE LOCAL