by Morgan Lowrie
Originally published: August 2, 2017
Uniformed Canadian military personnel who march in Montreal’s Pride parade for the first time later this month will do so with the blessing of Canada’s top soldier, according to a recent directive from the Department of National Defence.
“In an effort to promote diversity and inclusion, the (Chief of the Defence Staff) encourages all members of the CAF to attend and participate in Pride events in uniform,” said the directive, which was written in June by Gen. Jonathan Vance.
Lt.-Col. Sarah Heer, the Canadian Forces director for diversity and human rights, says the directive means soldiers no longer have to ask for permission to wear their uniforms at Pride events.