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Montreal police to ditch camo for Angélil funeral

The Montreal Police Brotherhood says its members will be wearing their official uniforms at René Angelil’s state funeral.

Police Brotherhood says officers to wear official uniform out of respect

Montreal's police officers have been wearing camouflage pants and red baseball caps instead of their formal uniform since 2014 as a way to protest against the province's pension reform bill. (Graham Hughes/CP)

The Montreal Police Brotherhood says its members will be wearing their official police uniforms at René Angelil's state funeral.

René Angélil, husband pop icon Céline Dion, died Friday at the age of 73. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)
The union issued the statement Monday, offering condolences to Angélil's loved ones and calling him "an extraordinary ambassador for Quebec and Canada."

"The policemen and policewomen of Montreal recognize his remarkable contributions," the statement read.

Angélil – the husband and manager of Quebec-born pop diva Céline Dion – died of cancer last Thursday. He was 73.

A state funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal.

Camouflage and funerals

Montreal's police officers have been wearing camouflage pants and red baseball caps instead of their official uniform since the summer of 2014, to protest against the province's pension reform bill.

Police officers have had a mixed history involving their uniforms and state funerals.

In December 2014, the Montreal Police Brotherhood announced it was approving a temporary reprieve from camo pants for the state funeral for hockey great Jean Béliveau.

"This decision is based on the tribute we owe to this man, his family and his admirers in the context of a national funeral," the police union said in a statement at that time.

However, last June police officers wore camouflage pants and red caps to former premier Jacques Parizeau's state funeral – a move for which they were roundly criticized by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

A week later, the union allowed its members to dress in full uniform for the funeral of former Montreal mayor Jean Doré.

Montreal police officers attended Jacques Parizeau's funeral in camouflage and plaid pants. (CBC)

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