Justin Trudeau has left no stone unturned in showing the world he has a heart of gold.
Edmonton man Degas Sikorski felt shocked and rejected after he received a homophobic message on the Valentine’s Day at his last workplace. The "Valentine" was a paper plate filled with candy and covered with hearts, but had his name and a hateful message written right on top.
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In a Facebook message, Sikorski’s mother said her son received the gift from someone at his workplace, Party City in north Edmonton. He had been an employee at the store for three years while putting himself through university, she wrote.
Getting the hateful message prompted Sikorski to quit his job. However, things got a whole lot better when, a month after the incident, Sikorski received a Valentine’s Day card and photo from Edmonton-Centre MP Randy Boissonault.
A photo posted on Facebook the very same day showed the card, with a rose, and numerous messages of love and support from MPs, and even Justin Trudeau.
"It's important for people in positions of authority to stick up and remind people what is right," said Boissonault.
Boissonault, who was aware of Sikorski’s experience, wanted to do something for him to let him know Canada doesn’t discriminate people on the basis of their sexual orientation. He thus initiated the plan of sending Sikorski a card, and was thrilled to know Trudeau was also willing to contribute few kind words.
"Dear Degas, know that your friends outnumber the haters by the millions and I'm one of those friends," Trudeau wrote.
"It was hard not to cry at the moment when I saw that somebody who I see as above me and almost godly in my eyes, as you're taught in high school, is giving me a personal message," Sikorski said.
The card included a green booklet, embossed with the House of Commons stamp, containing even more messages from MPs.
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