March 20, 2016 10:53 am
Updated: April 21, 2016 10:22 am

Montreal won’t host the 2017 World Police and Fire Games

WATCH: he City of Montreal has cancelled the 2017 World Police and Fire Games. The move comes after several unions stated they would boycott the event.

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MONTREAL – Montreal has renounced its bid to host the 2017 World Police and Fire Games after several unions have said they would boycott the event.

Mayor Denis Coderre announced the decision Saturday.

The city’s two police and firefighter unions had vowed to boycott the games to protest provincial government pension reform legislation, and a handful of other unions have said they won’t attend out of solidarity.

READ MORE: National police union joins boycott of World Police and Fire Games in Montreal

The event was expected to draw 10,000 athletes from 70 countries.

Coderre has suggested the games be held in Toronto instead.

WATCH BELOW: Tensions build between police officers and the City of Montreal.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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