Fantino tried to cover those tracks by stating that the The Canadian International Development Agency, an agency he adopted after former CIDA minister Bev Oda resigned over a slew of controversy, is responsible for providing funds to organizations working on foreign aid projects and that their religious and political views are irrelevant.
"We fund results-based projects, not organizations," Fantino said. "Projects are delivered without religious content, including this particular project."
A spokeswoman for Fantino added: "The government of Canada has funded projects by this organization since 1999."
"How did Christian Crossroads, an anti-gay organization, get sign-off from the minister to operate in a country which Canada has strongly criticized for persecution of its gay citizens?"
"It's shocking to hear Minister Fantino defending the indefensible, standing up today and defending a group that on its website is attacking something that's recognized and protected by Canadian law."