History has been created in Toronto as Canada’s sitting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the LGBT community’s pride march in Toronto on July 3. The colorful celebration was cut short earlier due to shooting massacre that took lives of 49 people last month in a gay club in Orlando.
“We have to speak up anytime there is intolerance or discrimination,” Trudeau said at the beginning of the 36th annual pride parade.
The parade paid homage to those 49 people who lost their lives at Yonge Street and stood in silence to remember them.
Trudeau while remembering the tragedy said, “We can’t let hate go by.”
Aydian Dowling, this year’s parade international grand marshal expressed his happiness and said, “The good part of it is that so many people came together.”
The Canadian Prime Minister received a healthy support and cheer from the crowd as he took part in the parade. Some also took selfies with the Prime Minister.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory, Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Rona Ambrose, interim leader of the Federal Conservatives were among other prominent politicians who joined the celebration.
“We owe a tremendous amount to everyone who has been fighting to get to the day we are today but we have a lot more work to do,” said Trudeau.
The parade was stopped for a short duration when the activists of Black Lives Matter Movement staged a sit-in on parade route which later ended peacefully after the police officials talked to them.