New Brunswick premier asks for review of protocol after pride flag flap

The Canadian Press
May 26, 2014 01:43 PM

SAINT JOHN, N.B. - New Brunswick's premier says a review has been launched to look at a protocol that determines what flags can be flown on government flagpoles after a Fredericton high school was told it could not fly a rainbow flag for pride week.

David Alward says a ministerial committee on inclusive education has been asked to do the review and report back as soon as possible.

Alward says he's open to implementing any recommendations in time for the new school year in the fall.

Leo Hayes High School wanted to hoist the rainbow flag last week, but Alward said last Friday that doing so would breach a provincial protocol that limits flags to the Acadian, provincial and Canadian flags, the Union Jack and the flags of visiting dignitaries.

Alward says the decision concerning the rainbow flag is not a reflection of his or the government's stance on gay rights.


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