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CanadaFord set to march in York Pride Parade amid criticism of decision to skip Toronto event

23:00  15 june  2019
23:00  15 june  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to again be no-show at Pride parades

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to again be no-show at Pride parades Scheer, who was elected leader of the Conservative Party in May 2017, also did not attend any Pride parades that year or last year.

Ford set to march in York Pride Parade amid criticism of decision to skip Toronto event© Nathan Denette/Canadian Press Ontario Premier Doug Ford has in past years as a politician opted to skip to Pride parades in Toronto.

After declining to participate in Pride parades in years past, Premier Doug Ford will march in York Region's event in Newmarket along police officers on Saturday afternoon.

"Premier Ford said he would participate in this year's Pride month. He's thrilled to march today with the York Regional Police in the York Pride Parade," said Ford's spokesperson, Ivana Yelich, in an email statement.

"He wishes everyone taking part in events across the province a very happy Pride."

Ford has faced public blow back for his refusal to march in Toronto's parade on June 23, traditionally among the largest in North America.

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The premier said earlier this month that his decision was in protest of the exclusion of uniformed police officers from the event.

He similarly decided not to attend last year, just weeks after his Progressive Conservatives secured a commanding win in the 2018 provincial election.

The PC leader has also made controversial remarks about the parade before, describing it in 2014 as an event where "middle-aged men with pot bellies" ran down the street "buck naked."

Meanwhile, as mayor of Toronto, Ford's late brother Rob also caused controversy with his repeated absence from Pride parades in the city. The brothers opted instead to go to the Ford family cottage in Huntsville during Pride week.

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