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dateline: 06 July 2016

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Canadian Prime Minister Marches In Pride Parade

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • prime minister: head of government in countries such as Canada
  • gay pride: a show of support and celebration for the LGBT community
  • take part: to participate
  • LGBT: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered
  • come as no surprise: to not be surprising; to be expected

Canadian Prime Minister Marches In Pride Parade

On Sunday, July 3, Justin Trudeau became the first Canadian to march in Toronto’s annual gay pride parade. Tens of thousands of people attended the 36th event that celebrates the rights and of the LGBT community in Canada. When asked about his decision to participate, Trudeau said it should come as no surprise since he has taken part in many Pride parades in the past. Trudeau proudly waved a rainbow-coloured Canadian flag as he alongside a gay Syrian refugee and several other Canadian politicians. During the march, participants for a moment of silence to remember the 49 people who died in last month’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What historic first took place on the streets of Toronto this month?
  2. What did Prime Minister Trudeau carry during the Pride parade?
  3. Who did Trudeau march with?

Discussion Questions: Does the leader of your country stand up for the rights and freedoms of all citizens, including minorities? Compare your nation’s leader to Canada’s leader.

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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