TORONTO, June 22, 2001 ( – While other political leaders flock to the gay banner, this Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade in Toronto will take place without the presence of Ontario Premier Mike Harris. The premier says he does “recognize that it is a significant event,“that highlights “the diversity of our province,” but he has no plans to attend and his government has never been officially represented in the parade. Harris’ Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Tim Hudak, will also be absent, citing another engagement.

Among those taking part in the event will be Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, former Mayor Barbara Hall, Allan Rock, the federal Minister of Health, and Ontario’s only openly gay MPP, George Smitherman.

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