08/18/2016 02:03 EDT | Updated 08/18/2016 02:59 EDT

Calgary Pride Asks Politicians To Think About Why They Want To March

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I marched with the <a href="">Rainbow Pride Project</a> in this year's <a href="">Pride Parade in Calgary</a>. June 12, 2005.

Calgary Pride will have stricter screening for political entrants hoping to march in the organization's parade this year.

The organization tweeted on Wednesday that this year it has implemented further requirements for political entries into the parade.

No parties have been banned from participating so far, but the organization hopes that by asking politicians about their LGBT voting history it will allow them to reflect on their motivation for participating, Craig Sklenar, director of government affairs with Pride Calgary, told Metro News.

Joan Crockatt controversy

Calgary Pride came under fire in 2015 after then-MP Joan Crockatt said she intended to march in the parade.

Activists were concerned about Crockatt's participation after she voted against Bill C-279, a bill that would have supported transgender rights, CBC News reported.

Crockatt dropped out, but not before critics noted her presence seemed to contravene rules Calgary Pride implemented the same year intended to stop public officials marching in the parade to bolster their public image, according to The Calgary Herald.

The 2016 Calgary Pride parade is set to take place on Sept. 4.

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