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Calgary Tory candidate opts out of Pride parade after controversy

Joan Crockatt is pictured on Thursday, August 23, 2012.

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A Conservative incumbent will no longer be participating in Calgary's Pride parade.

Calgary Pride says Joan Crockatt has agreed to withdraw her application to march in the Sept. 6 event.

Crockatt, elected in Calgary Centre in 2012, faced criticism on social media in recent days for being allowed in the parade.

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While an MP, she voted against a bill that would have added gender identity to the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Calgary Pride says Crockatt had told them the bill didn't do enough to protect transgender people and she opposed it after consultation with Egale Canada.

The gay rights group later issued a statement saying it was misrepresented by Crockatt and would never have endorsed voting against the bill.

Crockatt says on her Facebook page that she didn't want her participation in the parade to take attention away from the efforts of the Pride organization.

"I will mark Pride in another way this year, and continue to discuss issues of importance to the community with as many people as I can at the doors. I wish organizers my very best."

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