Is the Nanaimo Mayor wearing a shoulder holster?

At the Monday, May 13, 2013 Nanaimo Council meeting, the public got a quick look at something under the Mayor’s suit jacket.  Was Mayor Ruttan wearing a shoulder holster? Or could it be a back support strap?

Nanaimo Mayor
Nanaimo Mayor checks his suit jacket

The ad below states, “The shoulder holster: It’s not something you have, it’s something you are.”  Is this the latest fashion trend for Canadian mayors?

shoulder holster fashion
Shoulder Holster Fashion