My Defining Canadian Moment is:

Joe Clark marshalling Gay Pride Parade

By: Mike Wilson, Winnipeg, Manitoba

While Liberal leaders and Ministers waffled and “struggled” for a decade later, and Ontario NDP Premier Bob Rae held free votes on human rights, PC Leader Joe Clark kept his verbal and moral commitments by marshalling Calgary’s Gay Pride in 2001.

Joe Clark kept his verbal and moral commitments by marshalling Calgary's Gay Pride in 2001.

Clark was a true leader who kept his word and wasn’t just a friend of convenience.

A former Prime Minister affirming the identities and existence of gay friends, families and voters way before it was popular: it made me proud to be Canadian, and a little less cynical about politics.

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