Pride 2014: Justin Trudeau marches in Vancouver Pride parade

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      Before the Pride parade, I was walking up Thurlow Street toward Nelson when I spotted a bunch of photographers clicking images.

      What could all this commotion be about?

      It turned out to be Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

      He was meandering around unescorted, mingling with the crowd and having his photo taken with anyone who asked.

      Somehow, I doubt we will ever see Prime Minister Stephen Harper doing anything like that, particularly at a Pride festival.

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      nancy richardson

      Aug 3, 2014 at 3:37pm

      Charlie -
      Thanks for this re: sighting Justin. I was on Thurlow too near Robson half an hour before the start of the parade; then watched the whole thing along Robson, Denman and through to the end at Beach. I didn't actually see Justin in the parade. Wondering if he was in for the entire event or ? Just asking. I had no trouble catching sight of Kirk Lapointe with the NPA float though - he was gamely walking alongside, sweating profusely, sorta dancing and throwing out purple Pride beads to the crowd. Kudos to Kirk for manfully braving the entire route and even looking like he was enjoying it. I'm leaning Kirk now for Mayor just based on that performance.
      Thanks for this
      Nancy Richardson

      Justin case it gets me votes

      Aug 3, 2014 at 4:15pm

      Your caption says he's showing his allegiance to the LGBT community. Is that so, or is he just showing his dedication to locking in additional votes to become Canada's PM? I do hope it's both and not just the latter. Or perhaps he wanted to hook up with Gregor Robertson...

      w morkin

      Aug 3, 2014 at 4:15pm

      this is news worthy??


      Aug 3, 2014 at 4:40pm

      He is simply the best!

      jack klassen

      Aug 3, 2014 at 4:51pm

      I was wondering where the dear boy was? I thought that perhaps the Liberal Party had him locked up in a closet with duct tape wrapped around his mouth. Wouldn't want any stupid comments on the Gaza war!


      Aug 3, 2014 at 5:03pm

      If you apply your vote to whomever "performs" well at Pride, Gregor spoke and cheered with the crowds while with both the City of Vancouver's float, as well as the Vision crowd who were just a few spots ahead of Kirk. This is Gregor's third major Pride event in seven days, too.


      Aug 3, 2014 at 5:15pm

      Yes was in the entire parade. He got a great reception where I was standing at Beach and Bidwell.


      Aug 3, 2014 at 7:39pm

      That photograph is FABULOUS.


      Aug 3, 2014 at 8:33pm

      He walked by within 3 feet of my family today, midway down Denman, seemingly unescorted. but i think that would be naive to believe. his security detail did well blending in. Looked like he was truly enjoying himself, as did everyone today :)

      Ben Sili

      Aug 4, 2014 at 7:16am

      Funny his allegiance to the LGBT community is... a photo where he is surrounded by women! Oh well, since he has some of his father's charm. Really Charlie...