Montreal cancels 2017 World Police and Fire Games

The City of Montreal has cancelled the 2017 World Police and Fire Games after several unions have said they intend to boycott the event.

"We're cancelling the games when that shouldn't be the case," Mayor Denis Coderre . "There are men and women who have contributed and for them these games are important."

A growing number of police and firefighter unions worldwide have declared support for their Montreal counterparts, who are engaged in a labour dispute with the city.

Unions representing Montreal police and firefighters have been asking other unions to join their boycott of the Games to pressure the city to back down from a planned pension reform.

"The reality is we pulled the plug because of them," Coderre said. "They wanted it. They tried to boycott it — tough luck."

The Games, which are held every two years, were expected to attract more than 10,000 participants from around the world, and were to be held as part of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

Montreal cancels 2017 World Police and Fire Games - Montreal - CBC News
Talk about s$itting in your own nest. Gotta wonder about government unions.
Why not hold them in a city in some nation that is currently in flames, like Libya, make it a year round thing.