IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ New West Pride Week

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): 

    Mr. Speaker, as pride celebrations take place across Canada, I rise today in support of New West Pride, which aims to promote equality and diversity. New West Pride Week will be August 8 to15, in New Westminster.

    August 7, 2010 was our first Pride Day in the city, organized by Vance McFadyen.

    The Royal City Pride Society's primary mission is to promote inclusiveness, tolerance, and understanding, and support LGBTQ citizens of New Westminster.

    New West Pride is recognized throughout B.C. and across Canada as a celebration of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It happens with the active and wonderful participation of local businesses and civil society. It is a highlight of the year!

    I wish to congratulate the Royal City Pride Society for bringing different cultures and creeds together to express our common values of peace, love, and respect for human rights and human dignity.

    I hope to see thousands of people again celebrating at the Columbia Street party, on Saturday, August 15.

    Let us celebrate Pride!

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