Prime Minister Trudeau raises Pride flag on Parliament Hill

Prime Minister Trudeau raises Pride flag on Parliament Hill

(Prime Minister of Canada): This is a great day for Canada, and it’s part of a long series of milestones this country has had over the years. It hasn’t been easy.
It hasn’t been automatic. A lot of people fought for a long time for this day and for
the many days that led up to this day to happen. And it’s absolutely wonderful to
be celebrating in such a significant way as to raise the Pride flag on Parliament Hill
for the very, very first time. And it’s wonderful you’re all here for this. (Applause) Canada is united in its defence of rights
and is standing up for LGBTQ rights. This is what we are truly celebrating today. And quite frankly, it’s something that we recognize we still have more work to do. That is why,
as Randy mentioned, we introduced a few weeks ago a Bill to give full rights and protections
to trans people across this country as well. Because trans rights are human rights. Our
approach is always to understand that there’s progress to be made in this country. We are
doing extremely well in many areas, but there’s still work to do. We can still be working
for greater acceptance, greater openness, greater support for the people around us,
people who face discrimination, bullying, challenges. Still today, too many young people
in their high schools face discrimination because of their sexual identity, and we still
have a lot of work to do. Here, by raising this flag today, we can help to keep pushing
forward towards that reality of acceptance, openness and love for our neighbour here in
Canada, and that would be a very good thing. I am so proud to be here today. I am so looking
forward to being the first Prime Minister to attend Pride parades across this country
this summer. (Applause) I mean it’s not going to be my first time
at all these Pride parades, but the first time for a Prime Minister which is a wonderful
step forward. But like I say, we have more work to do in the coming years. And I am so
glad to see so many people here to mark this moment and the many moments to come. Thanks very much everyone. Thank you very, very much.

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12 thoughts on “Prime Minister Trudeau raises Pride flag on Parliament Hill

  1. The WHO's head office is in Gene_va #witzerland (German-French.) Ellen De_Gene_R_Us. The term "homosexuality" also was first coined in Germany 150 years ago, but the world gov't pretends Germany is the anti-gays!
    #Origin_of_the_Species, published in 1859, in London.
    #Communist_Manifesto, published 1848, in London, in German.
    The term "Homosexuality" was born in Germany in the 1860s.

  2. Ah, Ah, Ah, Uh,Uh,Uh, A, Ah, Ah, Yes your the, Ah, Ah Ah, Uh Uh Uh best Prime, Ah Ah Ah Uh Uh Uh Minister, Canada has Ah Ah Ah ever had.

  3. No matter how many legal actions people take, no government or people will be able to replace God's law. Repent of your wickedness and turn to Christ, believe that he died on the cross for your sins and rose again on the third day. You shall be saved from this corrupt world.

  4. When will the Canadian Government raise the flag for English speaking Canadians living in Quebec? Somehow the Quebec legislation Bill 101, which is a bigoted and racist, apartheid law is completely ignored by the Government of Canada. #EnglishIsNotACrime #EndTheAngloHateInQC

  5. @ Szaro Z. – yes, .. so we can accept homosexuality in the society, but why do we need to make parades about it and raise pride flags about it?? what is the purpose? As if the gov't is looking to find things to celebrate …, it's bizarre.

  6. @Shane Petzer: No one is being oppressed and no one is oppressing homosexuals. Homosexuality can be accepted /respected in society but why make these official proclamations? this is truly bizarre. And for the PM himself to be so festive about it, it is even more bizarre and makes you wonder. As someone said, the bedroom stuff should stay out of government functions. A society can respect homosexuals, without having to do all these things. I am speechless and not in a positive way (!)

  7. Some pitiful comments on this video. Budget–important, of course. Trade, language rights, First Nations issues–all important. But inclusion and lack of oppression has to be a part of governance in order to make the collective we live in a just one. The idea of a just and egalitarian society has to be "put in our face" or it slips away. And then what do we have–false nationalism and empty flag waving and jingoism that talks about hockey and Tim's and colour guards at sporting events. Think about this: “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ” (MLK Jr.) The ideals of an egalitarian society should be such that no one is left out–and just as different segments of the population are marginalized for economic reasons–or reasons of race or gender–they are marginalized for reasons of sexual orientation. So ground has to be made up and you need leaders to lead in this regard. Yes–I agree with the comment about language rights in Quebec–but comparing issues and levels of importance means you can never commit energy or time to ANY issue until you somehow come up with an absolute hierarchy of needs in the public sphere. And that is impossible. So a compassionate stand on a divisive issue IS a good thing for a leader to do–regardless of whatever else has to be done. A Canadian society that is just and compassionate is a beacon in a world of intolerance; places like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, China and, increasingly, the United States–to name a few. This country is vast and complex–perhaps the most cosmopolitan population of any on earth–and if we are going to make a progressive collective from that disparity it will sometimes mean taking stands on what some people would call "soft" issues. But respect for the universality of human rights is not a soft issue–it is what makes being a Canadian something to feel good about.

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