Police bow out of parade amid ‘national debate’
Halifax’s police service says it will not participate in the city’s Pride parade this year after considering the “national debate” about law enforcement involvement in such events. A news release from Halifax Regional Police says the decision was made after several months of discussions with Halifax Pride. Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais says participating in the parade may contribute to divisions in the Pride community, and stepping away from it will allow for meaningful discussions on the issue. Halifax Pride executive director Adam Reid says he supports the proactive decision, and believes the Halifax service is the first in Canada to take such an approach.