DOUG FORD WON'T MARCH IN PRIDE PARADE UNTIL POLICE CAN
Jun 03, 2019
By Bob Komsic
Doug Ford’s taking another pass on the Pride pride.
It’s the second consecutive year the premier won’t participate.
(Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)
A spokesperson for Ford says he’ll attend once police are allowed to return.
They have been barred from marching in uniform since 2017.
”He wishes all the organizers of Pride Toronto all the best for a successful month and festival weekend, ” said Ivan Yelich.
In a statement, Pride Toronto says it’s disappointed the sitting premier will not attend the parade for the first time since 2013.
Asked if the premier will attend other parades in Ontario where uniformed officers are welcome, she says Ford’s schedule is still being finalized.
Pride Toronto, police and the mayor have been holding talks since then to try to improve the relationship between police and the LGBTQ community, which was further strained after last year’s arrest of Bruce McArthur, who eventually pleaded guilty to the murders of eight men linked to the city’s gay village.