Mr. Rafferty made the following Member’s Statement in the House of Commons today:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Thunder Pride on their 2013 community celebration that is taking place this week in Thunder Bay.
Thunder Pride is the annual community celebration of LGBTQ and diversity rights in Northwestern Ontario, and celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Thunder Bay’s LBGTQ community.
Some great events are still to come this weekend including the Pride Parade and the Pride in the Park music festival both taking place this Saturday. More information on this year’s celebration can be found on the web at ThunderPride.ca.
This event, along with the City of Thunder Bay’s Respect campaign are a demonstration of the fact that a respectful community means that we see the value in different perspectives, histories and journeys.
Mr. Speaker I would like to thank and acknowledge the efforts of this year’s Co-Chairs – Cynthia Olsen and Scott Gale – who, along with all of the countless number of volunteers and supporters, make this event such a great success each year.
In closing, I would like to wish Cynthia, Scott, and the volunteers of Thunder Pride all the best for a great week of events.
I am sure I speak for all Members of this House when I say that we are indeed proud to stand with you.”