Canadian PM Justin Trudeau makes history again by marching in Vancouver pride parade
The popular prime minister became the first sitting leader to lead the annual parade yesterday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday became the country’s first sitting PM to march in Vancouver’s annual pride parade.
It’s been a colourful couple of months for the liberal leader, after he also became the first premier to lead Toronto’s parade a few weeks ago.
Trudeau and his family received a massively warm welcome from the gathered crowd, as he stopped to pose for selfies as supporters chanted his name.
However, the PM downplayed his appearance, noting he’d been attending Pride parades for years.
He tweeted earlier this year that he looked forward to being there again, “this time as PM.”
Trudeau has attended Pride parades in Toronto and Vancouver for years – but never as leader of the country.
Trudeau has shown himself as a keen supporter of equal rights since being sworn into office.
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