Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will become the first prime minister to take part in Toronto’s Pride Parade, the organisers of the event has said. The prime minister is expected to march in the parade on June 3 and the city will launch its Pride Month on June 1, with a theme based on the virtues of belonging and inclusion.
The participation in the event would set another milestone for the 44-year-old prime minister, who is also a self-proclaimed feminist.
“We’re delighted to announce that Justin Trudeau will be the first Prime Minister in history to attend Pride TO,” the Pride Parade posted on their Twitter page.
Pride Toronto’s executive director Mathieu Chantelois said that he is exhilarated about his involvement in the event.
“[It’s] big news in Canada but big news around the world,” Chantelois told the BuzzFeed Canada. “Not only because he is probably the sexiest politician alive but also because there has never been a leader of a country to walk in a parade, at least not that we know of.”
Trudeau, who has taken part in the pride parades in Toronto and Vancouver earlier, posted on his Twitter page that he is looking forward to taking part in the event again. “Very much look forward to being there again, this time as PM,” he wrote.
Chantelois said he spoke to the prime minister at his office in Ottawa recently and that Trudeau was very excited to learn that he would be the first prime minister to participate in the parade.
“When we met him in his office, he was really serious about talking about trans-rights, about equal rights, about immigration, about gay men donating blood,” Chantelois said. “All these things are very important topics for him.”
The Canadian Press reported that, along with the prime minister, the parade will also have the gracious presence of Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory.