Teen organizer of Ontario town’s first Pride parade gets surprise call from PM
TORONTO — A teenager behind an Ontario town’s first Pride parade was still getting over his surprise on Thursday at having found himself taking a congratulatory phone call from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
In an interview from Owen Sound, Ryan Brown, 16, said Trudeau has been good at recognizing the LGBTQ community and their events, as well as initiatives by young people, but the call on Wednesday was still unexpected.
“It’s not a shock that he would do that kind of thing,’’ Brown told The Canadian Press. “But it’s definitely still shocking that it was me that ends up getting a call — after dealing with the (U.S. President) Donald Trump trade issue the day before and then, ‘this is a Ryan Brown in Owen Sound call’.’’