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Montreal police considering ditching camo pants for Jean Doré's funeral

Montreal’s police brotherhood says they’ll consider swapping their camo pants for their regular uniform for former mayor Jean Doré’s funeral and visitation, if the police administration ask them.
Montreal police officers attended Jacques Parizeau's funeral in camouflage and plaid pants. (CBC)

Montreal's police brotherhood says it'll consider making an exception and asking officers to wear their uniform pants for former mayor Jean Doré's funeral and visitation, if the police administration ask them.

Officers have been wearing colourful and camouflage pants instead of their uniform-issued garb for almost a year to protest against changes made to their pension plans.

Last week, police faced criticism after members of the force wore those pants to former premier Jacques Parizeau's funeral. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre demanded an apology, saying the decision to wear the camo pants to the statesman's funeral showed a lack of class.

Now Coderre has formally requested police wear their uniform pants to Doré's funeral.

"I hope that during the visitation and the funeral for Jean Doré, people take precise note on the situation and police forces show up in full uniform," said Coderre.

A spokesman for the police brotherhood said in a statement that if the SPVM administration ask them, they will study the situation, and possibly make the decision to wear their full uniform, as they did at the funeral of Canadiens great Jean Béliveau last December.

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