The City of Montreal finally not host the World Games firefighters and police officers, who were to take place in the city in 2017, due to the boycott campaign unfolding.
The office of mayor of Montreal confirmed Saturday morning the cancellation of the Games.
"We did not give in to blackmail [...] In the context, it was the responsible decision to make," said Mayor Denis Coderre.
For its part, the Montreal Firefighters Association said Saturday morning "take note, not without some sadness, cancellation" games.
The union had launched in 2014 a boycott "as a direct reply to the assaults of the law 15 of the Pension municipal sector employees."
Earlier this week, we learned that the 60 000 members of the Canadian Police Canadian Association were instructed to boycott the games. A request to this effect was made by the Police Brotherhood and police in Montreal.
"The cancellation by the mayor Coderre for keeping the World Police and Fire Games in Montreal in 2017 is the direct result of his intransigence" for his part, said the president of the fraternity, Yves Francoeur, in a statement. He took the opportunity to denounce "the violation of free nego" in connection with the law on pension plans in the municipal sector.
The Union of Firefighters of Quebec and the Canadian Union of Public Employees indicated that they would not take part in the games. Australian firefighters also participated in the boycott of operation.
Opposition to the City Hall Project Montreal, asked the mayor to cancel the event, to avoid ending up with an impressive bill to pay.
World Firefighters Games and police are held every two years. Approximately 10,000 athletes taking part. According to the Brotherhood of Police Officers of Montreal, the event could have an impact of $ 100 million for the city.