Calgary city council approves motion to defund Calgary Police Services

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Months after activists in Calgary called for the defunding of the police, Calgary’s City Council has approved a motion to reallocate the Calgary Police Services’ (CPS) funds. Joined by fellow councillors George Chahal and Gian-Carlo Carra and with the support of Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Coun. Evan Woolley tabled a motion that proposed reallocating $20 million from the Calgary Police Service’s budget into social services over two years. City council approved the motion with a 9-5 vote. Although the motion received the support of Calgary City Council, many Albertan politicians have publicly opposed the idea of defunding the police. In a September10 tweet, newly appointed Minister of Justice Kaycee Madu said that the calls to defund the police are misguided, referencing a letter he wrote to Mayor Nenshi on September 9.