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Irish, Canadian PMs march in Montreal Gay Pride parade

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday marched in Montreal’s Gay Pride parade, joined by Ireland’s first openly gay leader Leo Varadkar.

Varadkar, who took office in June, is the first foreign head of government to join a Canadian pride celebration. He said Canada and Ireland must work in tandem to advance equal rights, particularly in places where they are threatened.

“What we have most in common is that we are countries that understand that diversity is our strength and our differences make us better,” Varadkar said.

Irish PM Leo Varadkar (right) with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at the Montreal Gay Pride parade.
Irish PM Leo Varadkar (right) with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at the Montreal Gay Pride parade. Photo courtesy: Twitter

Sporting white jeans and a casual light blue button-up, Trudeau waved a rainbow flag with Indian-origin Varadkar as they participated in the annual event where several thousand people had gathered.

Earlier in the day at a joint press conference Trudeau vowed “strength through diversity” in the face of recent attacks in Spain and Burkina Faso.

“These recent acts of terror are despicable,” the Canadian leader said. “They seek to divide the global community, aiming to pit neighbour against neighbour.”

“But these cowards will not win,” he continued. “We will continue to do as we have done, standing united and stronger in the face of hatred. We will be emboldened in our values, values of love, acceptance, and strength through diversity.”

Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both copy and content, and has written several articles, news reports on a wide range of topics. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation.