Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed his support for a college student harassed at work for being gay.
According to CBC News, Degas Sikorski, 20, received a homophobic Valentine’s card while working at party supply store Party City in Edmonton, Alberta. “Faggot. You are not getting shifts for a reason,” the card read.
The news went viral after Sikorski’s mother posted a photo of the card on her Facebook drawing the attention of Edmonton Centre Member of Parliament Randy Boissonnault.
CBC News reports Boissonnault, who is openly gay, invited Sikorski to brunch on Parliament Hill and gave him a book filled with messages of support from members of the House of Commons. Included was a Valentine’s card from Trudeau.
“Know that your friends outnumber the haters by the millions, and I am one of those friends,”Trudeau wrote inside the card.
“I never thought it would get to the prime minister, I never thought he would even care,” Sikoski told CBC News. “I knew equality and LGBTQ issues were a thing for Justin Trudeau, I just didn’t think that an issue that I experienced myself would be so close to home for him.”
Sikorski had been working at Party City to support himself through college and is now no longer employed at the party supply chain.