The Canadian Prime Minister has sent a message of love and acceptance to a man who received a homophobic ‘Valentine’s’ card.
20-year-old Degas Sikorski is openly gay – and has spent three years working at the Party City in Edmonton.
However, the retail worker spoke out after he was the victim of a homophobic ‘prank’ at the store on Valentine’s Day.
On the Saturday Valentine’s Day shift, a supervisor had put up the Valentine’s cards left for all the employees in the break room.
However, one for Mr Sikorski had been defaced with the words “Faggot – you are not getting shifts for a reason”.
Mr Sikorski had not been assigned a shift for six weeks.
He has now received a different kind of Valentine’s card – a little late – but worth the wait – from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Alongside photos of the card, which included Trudeau posing in a photo with it after signing, Sikorski wrote: “I also got something pretty amazing and beautiful from Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault and our Prime Minister, along with the signatures of many other wonderful people.
“So much love, it’s amazing to know I have their support.”
“Dear Degas, know that your friends outnumber the haters by the millions and I’m one of those friends,” Trudeau wrote.
Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade also signed the card, saying: “You are amazing! We all support you!”
The Canadian Prime Minister this week became the first in 19 years to be welcomed by the US President into the White House.
As well as healthcare and climate change, the pair also celebrated same-sex marriage, which is now legal in both the US and Canada.
“No matter what province or state you live in, you have the freedom to marry the person you love,” said President Obama.
“We’re celebrating 10 years of taking the decision the Supreme Court in the US just took,” Trudeau told Canada’s Global News at Toronto Pride
“It’s a great day for freedom. It’s wonderful to see political leaders, celebrating this.”
Trudeau will become the first Canadian leader to attend Pride in Toronto later this year.
In November, the Canadian government promised to take in a substantial amount of gay refugees from war-torn Syria.
Trudeau last month announced that he intends to posthumously pardon a man who was jailed simply for being gay in the 1960s.