It seems there is no end to the problems that beset the once proud and effective Royal Canadian Legion. We continue to hear of discontentment and even anger vented by dedicated veteran members. We continue to hear of self appointed select groups, misuse of authority and sometimes funds. The latest incident comes from branch number 11, located in the Toronto area. A ten year member, one who has been very dedicated and involved in the many duties and positions has decided to call it a day. The Legion are losing veteran members at an alarming rate and the leaders at Dominion and Provincial Commands are at a loss to stem the outward flow. I have been protesting the policies for several years and chose not to renew my membership for 2017. It was not an easy decision I have been a member for thirty years, have fill many position such as executive, Poppy Chair and many others. I was a member of Rustico Branch 13, the manager and president, an associate member, stole approximately $100.000 over a short period and the branch failed, it sadly no longer exists. I feel for the many veterans who put there sweat and tears into this branch that are no longer with us. I wonder what they would say, if they could see the mess.. At the PEI Provincial Command many members, have taken on an attitude of being better and superior to those members at the grass roots. They operate on the impression they know best, what they say goes, the rest of us should be quiet. They refuse to hear complaints or listen to suggestions. Four years ago I transferred to the Wellington PEI Branch 17. At a regular monthly meeting I was surprised and indeed shocked to learn they maintained two levels of veterans, example WW2 and Korean vets received privileges to which other veterans have to pay for. I raised this issue on the floor, but no one seemed interested in changing it. We had a member at the meeting who is also with Provincial Command, he stood and gave us a lecture on who qualifies as a veteran. I don’t know about the other veterans there, but I certainly did not need someone telling me if I was a veteran, I know I’m a veteran! I strongly disagree with the system of legion pretend medals, there are far too many. They go far too often to the associates and the little special groups. Look at the photo I added at the top of this page, he has been around the Provincial command for years, he wears eight or nine legion medals and a couple o f recent commemorative medals, never served a day in his life, reminds me of Tom Eagles with his eleven fake medals and three commemorative medals. These are the people running the legions and making all the decisions, mostly the wrong decisions. I have a real issue over the selling of tat, Poppy earrings, umbrellas, Legion Lager and all these items are embossed with the blood red Poppy. Surely the Poppy was never intended for such cheap commercialism??? In conclusion I have to say, James and I have not always agreed, however, it seems we have more in common than what sets us apart, there is nothing wrong with differing points of view. Nevertheless, the present day legion and those running it only recognize their views as being absolutely right. There is no room for intelligent debate. They claim this is Preparing for the 21st Century more like preparing for the demise of the of this once proud and noble organization.
- Alcide arrogance arsenal Austin Belfast BlackBush Cars cheats Chelsea Christmas church crooks dogs duffy fear football Ganges Germans Germany Ghiz government greed Green gunners Halifax. harper Herr Harper Hillman history Hitler HMS Ganges hospital HST Ireland Irish Lambretta Legion liberals lies Lily & Me liverpool love Man City Man U medals Memories Mini. Newfoundland patronage peace PEI plan B politicians politics premiership. Queens Park Rangers rain robert ghiz Rover royal navy rum Scotland senate sheridan snow soccer submarine Submarines taxes tears usa veterans war waste y