ONE of Canada’s senior politicians has refused to back down to activists who want to disrupt an historic anniversary.
Montreal mayor Mayor Denis Coderre warned them a rodeo planned to mark the 375th anniversary of the city would go ahead despite their objections.
Activists had claimed the traditional event is cruel to animals but Coderre told them in no uncertain terms they were wrong and that he would not tolerate their intervention.
He said: “We agree to disagree.
“You can ask me all the questions you want, in any way you want, and you will get exactly the same answer.
“End of story.”
He told a press conference in the historic city the NomadFest Urban Rodeo will go ahead as planned in the Old Port area of the city in August.
The show will feature traditional rodeo events with riders on bucking horses and bulls.
The Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has called the even “barbaric”.
But organisers say vets will monitor all events and the welfare of the animals is a priority.
The much-loved event seeks to keep alive the city’s connection to its past and maintain cultural traditions.
Montrealers appreciate their history and in particular the cultural significance of animals to the city.
“Rodeos and horses are part of our culture and heritage. Just remember that Buffalo Bill came to Montreal in the 1800s,” said NomadFest’s producer Maxime Lefebvre.
“Rodeos have changed a lot for the last 100 years and actually horses and bulls are athletes for us.
“When we work with something, a beast that’s worth more between $2,000 and $50,000, you won’t hurt that beast, you will cherish that beast.”
The outdoor event is slated to run from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27.