Leo becomes first foreign leader to take part in a Canadian Pride event
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar began his three-day trip to Canada by attending the Montreal Pride Parade with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.
Mr Trudeau said Mr Varadkar was the first foreign leader to take part in a pride event in Canada.
The pair had earlier discussed the issues of trade and abortion, with the Taoiseach confirming that he wanted to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment in the first half of next year.
He later addressed the crowd at the Pride parade, stating: “We need to stand up to homophobic bullying in workplaces an schools, we need to make more advances in the area of sexual health; that is a key priority for me at home and internationally.
“Countries that are progressive, open and diverse, like Canada and Ireland have a responsibility to other people in other parts of the world where equality and equal rights are under threat and the clock is being turned backwards.”
The two international leaders have been inspiring the younger generation to become more involved in politics. Their respective active online presences have encouraged positive interaction with their citizens.
— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) August 20, 2017
— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) August 20, 2017