From The Globe And Mail:
MONTREAL -- A labour conflict between Montreal and its police officers has boiled down to pants - specifically, guerrilla-style combat pants.
The city's restive police officers this week resorted to commando chic in their contract dispute with the city. Because the police don't have a legal right to strike, they opted for sartorial pressure tactics.
The move sparked a dispute over whether trousers carry their own innate message. To Montreal and its police chief, the pants are a fashion statement that says "too aggressive."
The city turned to Quebec's essential services council in a bid to get the officers to take the pants off, in their current incarnation.
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