WINNIPEG – Plenty of local politicans have said “no” when asked to support this weekend’s Steinbach Pride march.
But organizers have now won the support of the biggest politician of all.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sent a personal message to organizers.
It will be read before the march on Saturday by MP and former Winnipeg city councillor Dan Vandal.
“This is 2016. This is Steinbach, Manitoba in Canada. In Canada, every human being has the benefit of human rights and there are certain human rights that are non-negotiable,” he said.
Vandal says the significance of having our PM support LGBTQ rights cannot be overstated.
“I think it’s incredibly powerful. We all have friends, we all have acquaintances and many of us have relatives who are gay, lesbian and bisexual. They have suffered years and years and years of discrimination and now it’s time for society to stand up,” he said.
Vandal was the first city councillor to raise the Rainbow Flag in Winnipeg back in 1999.
“I’ll always remember going into the mayor’s office before to prepare. The police were there and they asked me if I wanted to wear a flak (Kevlar) jacket and I was shocked at that time and it was not that long ago,” he said.
More than 1,000 people are expected at the march.