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Toronto, Apr 4 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory issued yesterday the following statement on Pride Toronto's request to Toronto Police, media reports said.
“As Mayor, the safety of all Toronto residents is a top priority.
The murders and disappearances of members of Toronto’s LGBT2Q community have deeply shaken our city and have led to many unanswered questions that need to be addressed so that trust can be restored and the difficult process of healing can continue.
The trust and partnership of all our residents is extremely important to the ongoing success of the Toronto Police Service and its officers. Today, Chief Saunders has withdrawn the service's application to participate in this year’s Pride parade so that he and the Toronto Police Service can focus on the objective of unity and restored confidence.
This is important work, and I thank the LGBT2Q community organizations who are engaged in improving relations with police at this difficult time. I'm confident that Chief Saunders will take meaningful action to address the issues that have been raised. I intend to continue to offer constructive leadership in this process whenever it will be helpful.
The annual Pride celebration remains an important time for our city, and I look forward to an event that once again reflects the vibrancy, diversity and strength of our LGBT2Q community and indeed the entire City of Toronto."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)