Last week, seven Toronto city councillors said they are prepared to pull Pride Toronto’s funding in retaliation for the exclusion of uniformed police floats and recruiter booths.

Councillor John Campbell (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre), who proposed the defunding threat, argued that Pride violates the principle of “inclusivity” by accepting the demands put forward by Black Lives Matter Toronto during the 2016 parade—the most significant demand being the removal uniformed police floats from the parade in recognition of a history of oppressive relations between the police and minorities in Toronto, particularly LGBTQ people of colour.

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