Record crowds at Toronto Vaisakhi parade as Prime Minister Trudeau skips

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Premier Kathleen Wynne at Toronto Vaisakhi parade
Premier Kathleen Wynne at the Vaisakhi parade in Toronto.

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TORONTO: The Toronto Vaisakhi parade on Sunday saw a record crowd turning up to enjoy the festivities in Nathan Phillips Square on a sunny Sunday.

Though Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, opposition PC Party leader Doug Ford and Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath showed up to deliver their speeches, only Jagmeet Singh from any federal politicians joined the celebrations.

Toronto Vaisakhi parade
Toronto Vaisakhi parade 2018 saw a record crowd.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Toronto to join the evening vigil for the victims of the van attack, but he skipped the Vaisakhi parade. Instead, Innovation minister Navdeep Bains read Trudeau’s message to the gathering.

Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer also didn’t attend. His message was read by MP Bob Saroya.

Toronto Mayor John Tory was the first speaker at the Vaisakhi parade.

Toronto mayor John Tory at Vaisakhi parade
Toronto mayor John Tory at Vaisakhi parade.
Navdeep Bains at Toronto Vaisakhi parade.
Navdeep Bains at Toronto Vaisakhi parade.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaking at Vaisakhi parade in Toronto
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaking at Vaisakhi parade in Toronto.
Doug Ford at Toronto Vaisakhi parade
Doug Ford at Toronto Vaisakhi parade.

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