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WATCH: Justin Trudeau takes part in his third pride parade

Bobby Rae August 15, 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kept his support for the LGBT community going strong, as he marched in his third pride parade.

Taking part in Montreal Pride, Mr Trudeau said the world looks to Canada for leadership in the fight for LGBT rights.

Speaking before the march, the Prime Minister said it was still important for politicians of all backgrounds to take part in pride events because “there was still a lot of work to do.”

He said (in French): “We know people look to Canada to see the example we set and we will continue to work hard to push the limits of what other countries do because we have to send the message that LGBTQ rights are human rights.”

Mr Trudeau is the first Canadian PM to attend pride parades, having marched in both Toronto’s and Vancouver’s events earlier this summer.

Since coming to office, Mr Trudeau’s Liberal Party have taken a number of steps to improve the lives of LGBT Canadians.

As well as offering an apology for historic gay sex offences, the Prime Minister’s party has also introduced legislation to improve transgender rights.

Leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Tom Mulcair, welcomed the move by the Prime Minister to apologise for historic gay offences and said it was an “excellent opportunity to remove the prejudice that is on the books today”.

“When you’re apologising you have to remember what you’re apologising for,” he said.

“While apologising, which is fair enough, [referring to restriction on gay men giving blood] we should remove the prejudice that exists now.”

Montreal Pride was attended by a number of celebrities and notable Canadians, including the honorary co-president of the event, Raven-Symone.

Watch Justin Trudeau at Montreal Pride below

More: Americas, Canada, Canada, Justin Trudeau, lgbt community, Montreal Pride, Prime Minister

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