Political associations representing any and all political parties or political causes must respect the spirit of Hats Off Day being a non-partisan and non-political event, and hosted by the Heights Merchants Association (HMA), which is a non-partisan association.
The spirit of Hats Off Day is that it is a community and customer appreciation day, a day to give back to the community, not to take from our public. Political groups can honour this spirit by not campaigning on this day, and by organizing something creative and fun for the community to experience using that year’s “theme”. Communication materials are permitted to be available at the location of your table, but may not be distributed by walking around.
Politicians at Hats Off Day:
Political parties sometimes ask if their party leader may attend Hats Off Day. We welcome all Burnaby elected officials to be in the parade. In addition, leaders of political parties that have official party status in the House of Commons or in the BC Legislature, are also welcome to walk in the Parade. We ask that these politicians all respect the spirit of Hats Off Day and use the opportunity to enjoy being part of the Burnaby community, but not campaign using party logos, slogans, or distributing materials.