The great Montreal Pride March returned in person on Sunday, with many thousands of participants, including politicians, taking advantage of the event to officially launch their election campaign.
After a two-year absence, the parade, which turned out to be March this year, ended the Montreal Pride Festival’s face-to-face and virtual celebrations with happy and good humor, drums and song rhythms. Those who came along with the crowd.
At 1 p.m., the procession departed from Jean-Mans Park towards Rene-Lowesk Boulevard, descended to Atateken Street and reached the heart of the gay village.
Several candidates from opposition parties took part in the first walkout after thousands of participants and the formalization of the federal election call by Justin Trudeau by the end of the morning.
The pandemic is kind
In particular, the leader of the Black Cubacois, Yves-Franకోois Blanchett, joined the march in March with his wife, his daughter and several other candidates for deputy positions in his party.
“Even if we don’t want to go [en élections], There is excitement in the election campaign, which is very difficult to replace for those who have caught the political virus, ”he explained.
If he says he is ready for a 36-day campaign, he knows the COVID-19 pandemic can change everything.
“Imagine a party leader spreading out on his bus and having to isolate himself for 10 days. It can be deadly. There are a lot of imperfections like the rate of campaigning in the middle of the summer. I think Mr. Trudeau wants an election, but not an election campaign,” said Rena-Lowesk, a newcomer on the boulevard. Proud to have installed Black Cubacois posters.
At the end of the procession, the leader of the New Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh, appeared briefly along with MP Alexander Bouleris.
On the Liberal Party of Canada side, Melanie Jolie and Steven Gilbolt were part of the march.
Valerie Plante, who is trying to win the Montreal Meyers for the second time in a row, less than three months before the municipal election, also took part in Sunday’s celebrations.
For his part, former Quebec metropolitan mayor and candidate Denise Codrere was absent “due to political commitments.”