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This is big news. From blogTO:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today he’ll be marching in this year’s Pride Parade in Toronto. It’s no surprise he’ll be attending but it is significant – Trudeau will become the first Prime Minister to ever participate in the festivities.
In 2015, Trudeau made his presence known at Pride when, as leader of the Liberal Party prior to the federal election, he dressed in a pink shirt and white pants and hammed it up in front of large crowds and cameras alongside Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Joe. My. God. shared the Pride Toronto press release.
Pride Toronto, the city’s most vibrant and inclusive arts and cultural festival and North America’s largest Pride celebration, unveiled today its 2016 Pride Month theme, announcing to the world that this June, “YOU CAN SIT WITH US.”
The campaign for Canada’s first-ever Pride Month, features Canada’s top political leaders: noted “sexiest man alive” and “politician dreamboat” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, openly out Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and partner Jane Rounthewaite and Toronto Mayor John Tory who will all participate in this year’s festivities in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Pride Toronto’s 2016 Parade will make Canadian history, with Justin Trudeau participating as Canada’s first ever sitting Prime Minister to march, alongside leadership from both Toronto’s municipal and Ontario’s provincial governments.
Torontoist’s Erica Lenti emphasized the broader political context.
For the first time in Toronto’s history, Canada’s prime minster, Ontario’s premier, and the city’s mayor will participate in Pride festivities.
Pride Toronto unveiled today that Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne (along with partner Jane Rounthewaite), and John Tory will attend the festivities on July 3. Trudeau’s participation will make the first time an incumbent prime minister will march in the parade.
The news comes after four years of former mayor Rob Ford skipping Pride in favour of a cottage weekend, and nine years of Stephen Harper avoiding the event for his entire run as prime minister.
Other attendees at this year’s events include Police Chief Mark Saunders, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, 6ix dad @norm, and Black Lives Matter Toronto, who are this year’s honoured group.
The Union-Pearson Express was exceptionally popular yesterday. I was lucky enough to get there at 11:30 in the morning, waiting only an hour and a half. As Toronto Star‘s Geoffrey Vendeville noted in “UP Express a huge hit — when it’s a free ride”, the line got much longer after that.
Thousands of people crammed into Union Station and spent much of Family Day lining up for a train ride to the airport, even if they had no flight to catch.
Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency that oversees the Union Pearson Express, waived the shuttle’s fares during the holiday and NBA all-star weekend to introduce more people to the eight-month-old train service.
The UP Express usually gets between 2,200 and 2,500 riders per day, well short of its first-year goal of 5,000 passengers daily, said Anne Marie Aikins, a Metrolinx spokeswoman.
But ridership increased almost fivefold this weekend. About 10,000 people boarded trains on Saturday, and 13,500 did on Sunday.
On Monday, the queue for the airport shuttle from Union snaked all the way from the east wing of the train station’s Great Hall to the UP Express terminus in the SkyWalk. There was a separate, much faster line for people hurrying to catch a plane.
In this photo, you can see the Family Day visitors lined up to the left, leaving space free for these paying customers to the right. There was a lot of space to the right.