“Political differences”: the Canada Day parade in Montreal canceled

“Political differences”: the Canada Day parade in Montreal canceled
“Political differences”: the Canada Day parade in Montreal canceled

The organization of the Canada Day parade in Montreal announced that the event scheduled for July 1 was canceled due to “political differences.”

In a statement Wednesday, the event’s lead organizer, Nicholas Cowen, said local government leaders made his job difficult.

“They made it very difficult for me to organize the parade,” he said. Last year, they required filling out the same documentation multiple times to slow down progress. In fact, last year’s event had to be reorganized several times to appease city officials.”

“I thought it was addressed to me alone at first because of politics,” he added. I needed outside help from the offices of different elected officials at different levels of government to make the parade happen last year. In 24 years of parade experience, I have only had to call on an outside source once for parade help, and that was in 2018. I have asked several others organizers their experiences and they also had problems with the city of Montreal.

Last year, Ottawa reportedly intervened to remove parts of the parade. The parade’s budget was also reduced to the 2013 level, which complicated the organizers’ work, according to the press release.

The Canada Day parade in Montreal has existed since 1977. It attracts nearly 120,000 spectators each year, according to the organization.

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