Court constables' union furious, plans to contest special law banning police camo pants
The union representing special constables in the province's courthouses says it won't take the special law forcing Montreal police officers and court constables into their regular uniforms lying down.
Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux has tabled a special law barring Montreal police officers and court constables from wearing non-uniform clothing.
Montreal police have been in camouflage pants since July 2014 to protest changes to their pension plans.
Court constables decided to use the same tactic the following year to show their discontent with lagging contract negotiations.
Police have also worn red baseball caps and court constables have occasionally sported pink T-shirts. The law applies to these as well.
"We are very disappointed but also furious," said Franck Perales, president of the Union of Special Constables of Quebec.
Perales said they, like police officers, don't have the right to strike or conduct pressure tactics and now they don't have the right to express themselves visibly.
Perales said they will contest the law in court, arguing the Quebec government is showing a lack of good faith and a complete disregard for fundamental rights by taking away their last recourse for protest.
Anyone who breaks the law is subject to a fine of up to $3000 a day.