Quebec introduces bill to put Police back in uniform
Police back in uniform – After close to 3 years since Montreal police starting wearing camouflage pants in protest of Quebec’s Bill 3, the law that required public sector employees to pay more into their pension plan, Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux today introduced legislation, Bill 133, which would amend the Police Act and basically force Police back in uniform.
This past March 27th, Coiteux announced plans to table a bill which would put an end to police wearing their military-like attire, including their infamous red caps – and the bill has been put into motion. Although he said he would later explain more about the bill, Montreal’s police union have already stated they will challenge the bill in the courts and that their choice of attire is a constitutional right.
Because our police are not legally allowed to strike, they remained steadfast with their protest tactics and it is uncertain how they will react to this.
Here is part of Bill 133 as posted in the Montreal Gazette:
– As the uniform of police officers and special constables, a symbol of their authority and credibility, commands the respect they require to accomplish their mission;
– As wearing of the uniform by police officers and special constables makes them unequivocally identifiable, thus helping them to effectively perform their duties and fostering their own and the public’s safety;
– As wearing of the full uniform by police officers and special constables is necessary to enhance public confidence in them and ensure that the highest standards are met in matters of public security in Québec;
– “The Police Act is amended so that every police officer or special constable must, while performing his or her duties, wear the full uniform and wear or carry all the equipment issued by the employer.”
During the years of protest, people reported mistaking police in their camouflage pants for bank robbers or worse – and tourists have been confused at times, not being able to distinguish police officers from anyone else on the streets, which can prove dangerous in an emergency situation.
Do you think it’s about time our police force starting looking like police officers again? Or do you actually like the protest-fashion statement? Please let us and our readers know.
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