Truro Lions Club can­cels book­ing for Na­tional Cit­i­zens Al­liance

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - TRURO NEWS STAFF

TRURO, N. S. – A meet­ing of the Na­tional Cit­i­zens Al­liance (NCA) that had been planned for June 7 at the Truro & Dis­trict Lions Club has been can­celled.

Rob Shank, who is re­spon­si­ble for book­ing events at the club, said he de­cided to can­cel the book­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous phone calls from peo­ple con­cerned about the group’s rep­u­ta­tion as an ad­vo­cate for white supremacy.

Shank said the club is open to all in­di­vid­u­als and groups and does not as­so­ciate with the poli­cies or pol­i­tics of any­one who books an event. He added that when he agreed to book the NCA’S event, he could not find any in­for­ma­tion that in­di­cates any ac­tual con­nec­tion with ra­cial is­sues or white supremacy ac­tiv­i­ties.

And while such book­ings serve as an im­por­tant part of fundrais­ing for the Lions Club, Shank said the pub­lic out­cry and neg­a­tive re­sponse were not worth hav­ing the event held there.

A sim­i­lar book­ing for June 5 at the Lions Club in Syd­ney was also can­celled be­cause of pub­lic sen­ti­ment.

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