The Ladner May Days committee has issued a public statement of apology following backlash over a float in Sunday’s parade.
The group Action4Canada participated in the parade.
Several people complained directly to the Optimist about the presence of the group and the fact they were handing out what they described as “inappropriate” literature during the May Days event.
There was also considerable backlash on social media on Monday as well.
Late Monday evening the committee issued a statement to the Optimist:
“The Ladner May Days committee would like to acknowledge that there was a float in the parade that caused some concern this past weekend. The committee was not aware of the nature of this organization’s viewpoint, and as such, were also surprised by the content of their message. Our committee has made the decision to ban this group from attending May Days and from participating in any future May Days parades.
“Learning from this incident, our committee is working on guidelines to ensure this doesn’t happen again. This group does not represent our committee or our community and we apologize for allowing them to take part in our otherwise successful May Days event.”