Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh & Elizabeth May March Together At Vancouver Pride Parade
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer again skips event…
Justin Trudeau once again marched in Vancouver’s annual Pride parade on Sunday afternoon. This year the prime minister was joined on the parade route by two of his political rivals, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Leader Elizabeth May.
“It’s so important that we all stand together in moments like this,” Trudeau told reporters. “We’re standing up for human rights, standing up for communities who are marginalized.”
Trudeau, Singh and May walked side-by-side for several blocks near the beginning of the parade. Trudeau was also joined by his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and their children.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer did not attend any of Vancouver’s annual Pride festivities. Scheer has so far been absent from all of the country’s Pride parades, and a spokesperson previously said he didn’t have plans to join any.
“It’s just unfortunate that there are still some party leaders who want to be prime minister, who choose to stand with people who are intolerant instead of standing with the LGBT community,” Trudeau said. “I really wish Andrew Scheer were here today to pass that message to kids in rural areas who might be suffering bullying, suffering challenges, that we support them right across the board, but I’m here with politicians who do.”
May and Singh both echoed Trudeau’s concerns about Scheer’s absence when speaking with reporters.
“The Conservatives weren’t there. Their complete boycott of Pride parades is disturbing. But I want to concentrate on the positive,” May said. “This is not about partisanship. This is about who we are as a country.”
Singh added that when leaders march together at Pride, it’s a show of solidarity with Canada’s queer community.
“But we need to go beyond that to make sure policies also celebrate people,” he added, pointing to restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with other men.