Alberta conservative Brian Jean hopes Calgary Pride revisits ban from parade

Brian Jean, the leader of the Wildrose Party, poses for a photo during Stampede week in Calgary, Alberta at the Petroleum Club on July 7, 2015. Jimmy Jeong

CTV News reports:

CALGARY — A leadership candidate for Alberta’s new conservative party says he hopes organizers of the Calgary Pride parade will reconsider and allow the party to participate.

Brian Jean, who was Opposition leader in the legislature, said Monday he is disappointed with a decision by organizers on the weekend to reject the United Conservative Party’s request to join the parade. They said the party doesn’t have a clear policy stance on issues such as sexual diversity.

Jean said he had asked to march in the parade and has always championed diversity and tolerance.

“I have many family members who are gay and I know the community. Frankly I’m just disappointed,” Jean said after outlining his education platform as part of the leadership race.

“Possibly they’ll have a change of heart and hopefully they will. This is all about uniting people and putting aside differences and divisiveness.”

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