Councillors in Castlegar, B.C., condemn controversial comments made at public meeting, offer apology

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04/10/2019

Two city councillors and the mayor of Castlegar have condemned controversial comments made during a question period at last week’s televised council meeting. During question period, resident Richard Switzer voiced concerns about the $15,000 price tag for work on the city’s pride crosswalk. However, it was his other comments about the LGBT and homeless communities that sparked a backlash. Switzer told council in the West Kootenay city that he did not think they should repaint the pride crosswalk, because “we don’t need it” and “they [the LGBT community] don’t deserve it.” He also said the Christian community doesn’t support the pride crosswalk.

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