But somehow, it isn't unconstitutional for Quebec to be unilaterally french speaking. Even in private affairs and businesses.
Thank you. That's what I was thinking. He was calling Mr Singh a "Liberal" as an insult to both him and his supposedly-different party.It looks like a specific attack against a certain puppet Sikh leader of one of our federal parties as opposed to a general attack on Sikhs.
Unapproved racist float snuck into Alberta rodeo parade: Organizers
While the exact message the float was attempting to convey remains unclear, several from the Sikh community have condemned it.
Author of the article:Michael Rodriguez
Publishing date:Jun 26, 2022 • 1 day ago • 2 minute read • 70 Comments
A float being condemned as racist joined the Sundre Pro Rodeo parade without approval from parade officials on June 25, 2022.
A float being condemned as racist joined the Sundre Pro Rodeo parade without approval from parade officials on June 25, 2022. PHOTO BY MIKE CRAMPTON
The Sundre Pro Rodeo is apologizing after photos surfaced from the event’s Saturday morning parade of a racist and politically charged float, which parade officials say joined the procession without approval.
The float showed a tractor, driven by a man in a mask holding an Alberta flag, pulling a manure spreader marked “The Liberal” which carried another man wearing a fake beard and a turban, brandishing what appeared to be a pitchfork. While the exact message the float was attempting to convey remains unclear, several from the Sikh community have condemned it as a racist act.
The Sundre Pro Rodeo said the float was not approved to join the parade and apologized for the oversight, saying that the display would’ve never been allowed to participate had organizers known about it. Several photos on social media show the float queued up before the parade began but the parade committee said the display snuck in without passing through the approval process.
“The entry was not approved and, upon further investigation, joined the parade without passing through any registration,” the committee wrote in a statement shared on the Sundre Pro Rodeo Facebook page. “The committee is committed to ensuring that entries will be reviewed in any future events to prevent this from happening.”
The Dashmesh Culture Centre, a Sikh community centre in Calgary, said it was disappointed and saddened to see the “horrendous display of racism towards the Sikh community.” They called for a dialogue with rodeo and parade organizers.
“We hope dialogue will help end these senseless displays of ignorance towards minorities,” wrote the organization in a Twitter post.
Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal and Calgary Forest Lawn MP Jasraj Singh Hallan condemned the float, saying racism has no place in Canada. Chahal said Sikhs have been a “steadfast force for good” in Alberta, calling the float a despicable display of racism, while Hallan said the display was “absolutely disgusting.”
Provincial politicians weighed in with a similar sentiment, with Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley saying, “This will cause more Albertans to feel unsafe in their own communities.”
Jason Nixon, the MLA for Rimbey–Rocky Mountain House–Sundre, also condemned the racist float.
“Discrimination and racism have no place in Sundre or anywhere in Alberta,” said Nixon, adding that organizers assured him measures will be put in place to ensure similar incidents don’t happen at future events.
The man who took the photos that sparked the social media stir, Mike Crampton, was at the parade to watch his daughter’s marching band when his wife spotted the float. He picked up his camera to snap some photos saying it was “unbelievable” that somebody would think the display was funny or appropriate for the event.
“I was just kind of flabbergasted,” he said.
“I don’t blame the organizers, but it’s more the reaction to it, right? (There were) lots of people clapping and cheering and thinking that’s hilarious and it’s just like, ‘Oh my god, like where are we here?'”
Postmedia attempted to contact the parade committee for further comment but did not receive a response.
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