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Pro- and Anti- Coalition Rallies in Toronto: a City Divided

Federal politics made an unprecedented visit to the nation's largest city today, where both the Toronto Rally for a Progressive Coalition and Rally for Canada rallies took place in the frigid cold, at City Hall's Nathan Phillips Square and Queen's Park respectively.

According to police, City Hall was host to about 2000 coalition supporters and Queen's Park saw about 500 coalition detractors. The mood was notably different at each (and I'll leave the story-telling to the photos and the video below).

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Both were scheduled for noon, so I started at the one I most wanted to be a part of (the pro-) before heading over to see what might still be going on over at the other (the anti-). That's where things got especially interesting when a small group of pro-coalition supporters showed up in Queen's Park as their political opponents' rally wrapped up.

Despite the growing polarization of opinion, both rallies provide venues for voices to be heard.

It's going to be an interesting next few months for Canada.

Pro-coalition Rally at Nathan Phillips Square:

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Anti-coalition Rally at Queen's Park:

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Pro- and Anti- Coalition Rally Video courtesy of Dear Toronto:

Photos by photosapience and video by Dear Toronto.


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