UPDATE: Halifax Regional Council has voted in favour of pulling the plug on the purchase of an armoured vehicle for the city’s police force.
Councillor Shawn Cleary brought the motion forward following an in-camera meeting in which councillors discussed the purchase. His motion to stop the purchase of the vehicle and direct the money to other use passed by a vote of 16-1. Councillor Steve Adams was the only one to vote against it.
The original story continues below:
As the call to “defund the police” in Halifax, N.S. continues to grow in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the city’s plan to purchase an armoured vehicle may be in jeopardy.
Global News Halifax reports over the past few days, councillors have been fielding an “unprecedented” number of emails, calling for the municipality to “defund the Halifax police and reverse course on its purchase of an armoured vehicle.”
Halifax Council is set to vote Tuesday on a revised operating budget, which could include a discussion on council’s commitment to spend $353,280 on the purchase an armoured vehicle for the city’s police force.
Local media also reports some members of council are having second thoughts after initially approving the purchase last year.