Military to pay for Rem Day?

As Canada marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, a Victoria councillor called for making the military pay for public events like Remembrance Day.

Coun. Ben Isitt suggests the city recoup policing costs for events including Remembrance Day, Canada Day and the city's Victoria Day parade.

His amendment states: "That council direct staff to engage DND/Veterans Affairs Canada officials to seek to recover costs associated with military events in the city."

"I think responsibility for military commemoration and honouring veterans is more properly the responsibility of those federal agencies," Isitt said.

Council supported the motion in a split vote.

Meanwhile, council voted to cover a shortfall in the Victoria Police Department's budget to police Canada Day celebrations by moving $135,000 from contingency funds.

A final decision on that motion will be made on June 13.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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