Canada’s new prime minister is a passionate advocate for gay rights

On the 19th of October, 2015 Canadian LGBT rights advocates welcomed Justin Trudeau’s unexpected defeat of long-time Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that Trudeau’s Liberal Party won 54 percent of the seats in the Canadian Parliament, compared with the 29 percent that Harper’s Conservative Party retained.

The National Democratic Party won 13 percent of the seats. The CBC reported the Bloc Quebecois won 3 percent, while the Green Party gained less than 1 percent of the seats.

“I want to say this to this country’s friends around the world: Many of you have worried that Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world over the past 10 years,” Trudeau told his supporters in Ottawa after the election results, according to the Associated Press. “Well, I have a simple message for you on behalf of 35 million Canadians. We’re back.”

Trudeau, who is the son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is the first Canadian prime minister to have marched in a Pride parade.