Police officers in the municipality — located on Montreal’s South Shore — donned sheriff uniforms on Nov. 14, complete with cowboy boots, dark cowboy hats pinned with a sheriff’s badge, and lapel badges shaped like stars.
They wore the costumes as a sign of protest against Bill 3, the municipal pension reform bill that was passed into law today.
The Châteauguay Police Brotherhood union spent $25,000 on the cowboy-themed uniforms.
The city quickly complained to the labour relations board that the outfits were dangerous and would lead to confusion for citizens.
In a decision rendered the same day Bill 3 was adopted by the province, the board said the city presented no evidence to support its position and that officers may continue to dress like cowboys.