Ottawa City Hall Takes Down Anti Abortion Flag

Ottawa City Hall Takes Down Anti Abortion Flag

The mayor of Ottawa announced on his Twitter account that the pro-life flag was removed at City Hall. The decision to raise the flag on Thursday morning, the National Pro-Life March, raised a wave of protest within the city council and the population.

Several councilors had sent a letter demanding the immediate removal of the flag The letter was signed by seven councilors, including all female councilors.

Seven councilors from Ottawa oppose the presence of the pro-life flag at Ottawa City Hall. Photo: Radio-Canada / Judy Trinh
Seven councilors from Ottawa oppose the presence of the pro-life flag at Ottawa City Hall. Photo: Radio-Canada / Judy Trinh

The mayor’s reply was not long in coming.

Jim Watson said he learned Wednesday night that the anti-abortion body had asked to raise its flag on Thursday. He added that this news had surprised and disconcerted him.

The City of Ottawa authorizes flags of not-for-profit organizations or associations to raise awareness of their actions. To do this, associations must provide their flag.

Nevertheless, the City asserts that it does not authorize the flag of an organization whose philosophy is contrary to its policy or regulations or which incites hatred, violence or racism.

Councilor Mathieu Fleury approves a revision of this policy, so that it fits better with the positions of the City.

What we are asking today [Thursday] is really a revision of this policy to align itself with the role of the Municipality, and then the role is to be inclusive.

Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier District Councilor
Other reactions in social media

On the social networks, the reactions to the hoisting of this flag were vivid.

“A pro-life flag floats on Ottawa City Hall today. Frankly, I’m ashamed, “Nat Hanson wrote on Twitter. “This explains why it is so difficult to protect women from harassment in front of the Morgentaler clinic [an abortion clinic, Ed.]. ”

“This, @JimWatsonOttawa, is disgusting and I’m disappointed you’re supporting these people who spread lies and force their beliefs on teens,” said Amy Boughner.

Closed streets

The National March for Life began on Parliament Hill at noon.

Several streets in the city center were closed to traffic to let walkers pass.

The walkers then completed their journey on Parliament Hill. They have to stay there until 5:30.

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