Montreal Pride Parade canceled due to ‘deplorable misunderstanding’, report says

It’s official: Montreal Pride has screwed up. A report following an independent investigation concluded that the city’s Pride Parade should not have been canceled last summer.

Phillipe Schnobb, the former chairman of the board of directors of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), has been appointed to shed light on the abrupt cancellation on August 7.

After numerous interviews with those involved, and a thorough analysis of internal documents, he concluded that “the parade was canceled due to a misunderstanding, after a series of chaotic exchanges”.

Schnobb wrote that the miscommunication was compounded by hasty reactions from some key people in the operational chain as well as slow responses from others. However, he said one person cannot be blamed for the whole mess.

“Most of the key exchanges took place by telephone in an emergency climate when it would have been visibly more judicious to set up a crisis unit to make an informed decision,” Schnobb writes in his report.

Simon Gamache, the general manager of Pride Montreal, and his team had to show resilience in the face of a done deal. The parade was actually canceled without their consent.

“At 8:53 a.m., [Simon Gamache] had no choice but to authorize the publication of the press release confirming everything. This was done on the Montreal Pride Facebook page at 9:13 a.m., while the media has been announcing the cancellation since 8:41 a.m., 32 minutes before, which is an eternity in a world where news travels fast,” said writes Schnobb.

The investigation confirms that the event was not canceled due to wrongdoing or that it happened on purpose.

In addition to misunderstandings and misunderstandings, there was a lack of coaching for an overworked key player, which may have led to an oversight in terms of recruiting enough people.

Schnobb called for a review of the management of Pride Montreal; let’s hope Montrealers won’t be disappointed again next year.

Amanda J. Marsh