Trudeau to march in Toronto Pride Parade for a second time

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

Pride Toronto, organizers of the city's festival celebrating the LGBTQ community, says Trudeau will be marching in Sunday's parade again this year.

For a second year in a row, Canada's prime minister will march in the Toronto Pride parade.

He will join other dignitaries, including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Earlier this month, Xtra had asked the prime minister's office if Trudeau would march in any Pride parades this year, but the PMO declined to be specific.

Bellegarde said in April that he will aim to end discrimination against those who consider themselves two-spirited.

Toronto's parade has been the subject of heated controversy this year: not because it is a celebration of gay pride but because the local chapter of Black Lives Matter demanded that the Toronto police force not participate in the event. He plans to introduce legislation in the House of Commons that would retroactively pardon anyone - dead or alive - who received a criminal record exclusively on the basis of their sexual orientation.

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