A while ago I noticed something funny about the police in Montreal; they all wear camouflage pants instead of the regular black pants that go with their uniforms.This was very strange to me, and it bothered me for many months. Eventually I took the initiative to find out.
Yesterday I was at Berri-UQAM Metro station, and on the platform for the Montmorency-bound orange line train there stood a group of three police officers, all of them in camo. I stopped and asked one of them what was up with the pants. He told me just as the train was pulling into the station.
They are doing it as a sign of protest. Police are unable to go on strike because they’re considered essential services. This is their little way of speaking out against pension reforms that affect them and their comrades in the fire department. It is completely passive-aggressive, but it’s all they can do.
The fire department is so pissed off about the pension reforms that they raided City Hall last month and basically wrecked the place. The police didn’t participate in the fracas, but they didn’t do anything to stop it either. The spirit of descent has always been alive in Montreal, and it continues today in the form of renegade firefighters and camo-wearing cops. Vive Montreal!