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Fort Macleod Council Responds to Hate-Fueled Vandalism

The Town of Fort Macleod is rallying together to denounce an act of vandalism that targeted an LGBTQ+ event over the past weekend. The incident, which occurred in conjunction with the "Pride in the Park" event and a Drag Show hosted by the Fort Macleod Pride Committee, has galvanized the community to reaffirm its commitment to the values of inclusivity, tolerance, and respect that are central to its identity.

The Town of Fort Macleod Council, along with the administration and council members, have unequivocally condemned these acts of hate, "(The Drag Show) became the target of a vile act of hate and vandalism. The act of vandalism damaged the building and negatively affected the event. This attack on our 2SLGBTQ+ community and the Empress Theatre is an assault on the rights of members of our community and our shared history."

In a united stance, the council has pledged support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community and the Empress Theatre Society in their pursuit of justice for the vandalism. Currently, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are investigating the matter, with the Town collaborating closely to ensure appropriate action is taken.

"In Fort Macleod, we understand that we don't all have to see eye to eye, and we don't have to agree on every matter. What we must do, however, is respect one another," The joint statement stated. "These acts were carried out by a few individuals who do not represent the values of our community. We firmly believe that the majority of us are compassionate, respectful, and devoted to building a stronger, more inclusive Fort Macleod."

Councillor Marco Van Huigenbos who shared the joint statement on the Social Media Platform X added, "I personally hold dear, strong conservative Christian values. These values govern my personal life and my elected role as a town councillor. In my capacity as a councillor, I have always focused on doing what's right for my community.

"I have learned from many mistakes over the years and continue to strive for a better Fort Macleod," He added. "While I may not agree with the views or beliefs of some members of my community, I have and will continue to treat these members and all others with the respect they deserve."

An RCMP investigation into the vandalism is underway according to the Town, the community remains steadfast in its support for all residents, regardless of their background, identity, or beliefs.


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