"I think the fact that I was the first PC leader to lead and official delegation in the Toronto PRIDE parade was an historic first for our party and I was proud to do it. I think that certainly shows how wrong the Liberal spin machine was." 

Patrick Brown
 Leader of the Ontario PC Party

"The LGBTQ community is a vibrant part of our identity as Torontonians, and as mayor, I am committed to building one Toronto, an inclusive and fair city where no one is left behind. It’s important we eliminate barriers and provide a safe and secure environment for everyone to achieve their full potential.”

John Tory
Mayor of Toronto
Former Leader, Ontario PC Party

“Stand up to the violent mobs that seek to criminalize homosexuality. Draconian punishment and unspeakable violence are inflicted on people simply for whom they love and for who they are."  in Warriors for gay rights: The Conservatives have become unlikely LGBT supporters, National Post, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 

The Hon. John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs (2011-2015)

On behalf of the Ontario PC Party, I want to wish everyone a happy Pride weekend. Ontario is a vibrant province with a rich and diverse culture. We are privileged to live in a country that celebrates diversity. I am looking forward to attending Pride Parade on Sunday to march. Pride Week is one of the largest events in Toronto and is celebrated by so many Canadians and others from around the world. Having attended many Pride events in my community in the past, this weekend will be great.
We are building a new Ontario PC Party – one that celebrates diversity in all its forms and that includes Ontarians from every corner of the province, in every community and on every block.

Patrick Brown
Ontario PC Party

"Toronto's Pride Festival is an enormous economic advantage for the Province of Ontario but it's also an international symbol for acceptance, love and understanding. Best wishes to all participants."  

Lisa MacLeod
MPP Nepean-Carleton
Ontario PC

"To me pride means celebrating our diversity and human rights.  It's about saying no to discrimination, bullying and abuse to the LGBT community, and saying yes to being proud."  

Justin Van Dette
Regional Vice President (Toronto) 
Ontario PC Party

"My congratulations to all those taking part as we welcome the hundreds of thousands of people to this community and my thanks to the large number of tourists who are here this weekend and supporting Toronto's economy.  I join the chorus of the many in Toronto who are saying – Happy Pride"

Mel Lastman 
Mayor of Toronto (1998-2003)
Former Candidate, Ontario PC Party

“The Conservative Party, like the rest of society, has moved to be more supportive of gay rights in recent years, and I see that trend continuing.”

Jamie Ellerton
2014 Ontario PC Candidate
Parkdale High Park

“I can no longer shock people in the conservative movement when I tell them I’m gay – but I can shock gay people when I tell them I’m Conservative.”  in "Warriors for gay rights: The Conservatives have become unlikely LGBT supporters," National Post, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 

Fred Litwin
Past Vice-President
Ottawa Centre CPC EDA


"Stephen Harper said his government would champion Canadian values ... Someone being put to death because they are a sexual minority is abhorrent to Canadian values.” : The foreign affairs minister’s defence of gay rights was a political no-brainer, Maclean's, August 9, 2013

John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister 2011 - 2015

We will continue to press countries in the Commonwealth to live up to their international obligations, and uphold the basic contract any government should have with its people ... The criminalization of homosexuality is incompatible with the fundamental Commonwealth value of human rights.” - John Baird, in "John Baird points finger at gay rights abuses in African, Caribbean countries," National Post, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister 2011 - 2015

"The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canada’s foreign policy. Canada stands up for human rights and takes principled positions on important issues to promote freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law." - Rick Roth, a spokesman for Baird's office said in reference to the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda, Kenya and Russia, in "Women's group slams Baird over anti-gay laws stance". CBC News. August 8, 2013. http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/politics/women-s-group-slams-baird-over-anti-gay-laws-stance-1.1326628 

John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister 2011 - 2015

“This mean-spirited and hateful law will affect all Russians 365 days of the year, every year. It is an incitement to intolerance, which breeds hate. And intolerance and hate breed violence.” - "Baird adds to global chorus of outrage at Russia's 'hateful' anti-gay legislation," The Globe And Mail, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/baird-denounces-russias-hateful-anti-gay-law-says-canada-has-been-pushing-back/article13557251/?service=mobile

John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister 2011 - 2015

“In the lead-up to Sochi, Canada remains concerned about the legislation passed in June 2013 that places a ban on the ‘propagandizing of non-traditional sexual relations among minors' ... We encourage the Russian Federation to extend to all of its citizens – as well as foreign visitors – full human rights protections, including freedom from violence, harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation,” -, in "Bairddenounces Russia’s anti-gay law in lead-up to Sochi Olympics," The Globe And Mail, Sunday, Dec. 29 2013

John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister 2011 - 2015