Alberta’s UCP and police show support for Calgary Pride Parade despite controversy


Alanna Smith writes at the Calgary Herald:

Members of the United Conservative Party and T-shirt clad police officers showed support at Sunday’s Calgary Pride Parade despite a controversial ban on uniformed officers and UCP members from marching.

Tens of thousands of people took over downtown’s 6th Avenue wearing rainbow-coloured outfits and waving flags and signs advocating for the city’s LGBTQ community.

Among the onlookers were several members of the UCP caucus, and three of the four leadership candidates. Doug Schweitzer, Brian Jean and Jeff Callaway were all on the sidelines, while Jason Kenney was nowhere to be seen.

Earlier this summer, the former Calgary MP’s camp said: “Mr. Kenney is always happy to attend events to which he is invited. We have not received an invitation,” adding he had already committed to attending other community events on Sunday.

UCP interim leader Nathan Cooper was at Pride alongside several other UCP MLAs, including Rick Fraser, Ric McIver, Mike Ellis and Prasad Panda. UCP spokeswoman Samantha Johnston said there were about 30 members of the party in attendance.

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