Prime Minister, Premier, and Mayor to Participate in Pride

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Prime Minister, Premier, and Mayor to Participate in Pride

Top Canadian political leaders are making history in the most fabulous of ways.

Justin Trudeau at the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade  Photo by Alex Guibord from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Justin Trudeau at the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade. Photo by Alex Guibord from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

For the first time in Toronto’s history, Canada’s prime minster, Ontario’s premier, and the city’s mayor will participate in Pride festivities.

Pride Toronto unveiled today that Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne (along with partner Jane Rounthewaite), and John Tory will attend the festivities on July 3. Trudeau’s participation will make the first time an incumbent prime minister will march in the parade.

Photo by Jocelyn Michel of Le Consulat.

The news comes after four years of former mayor Rob Ford skipping Pride in favour of a cottage weekend, and nine years of Stephen Harper avoiding the event for his entire run as prime minister.

Other attendees at this year’s events include Police Chief Mark Saunders, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, 6ix dad @norm, and Black Lives Matter Toronto, who are this year’s honoured group.

The theme of Pride this year is “You Can Sit With Us,” a cheeky take on the ubiquitous Mean Girls quote that celebrates the intersection of diversity and inclusion.

Pride Toronto is also making history with the celebration of Canada’s first Pride Month, beginning June 1.

Photos by RAINA + WILSON.

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