Discontent with Royal Canadian Legion Grows

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.


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5 Responses to Discontent with Royal Canadian Legion Grows

  1. Ira Peters says:

    The problem is, how do you change a system, back to the way it was, once the old and traditional system has been given away? Do we have enough Veterans still interested enough to Join,and run the Legion? Are most ex military, so tired of the crap they would rather withdraw? I guess most Veterans have to think yes, it is easier to withdraw, but this is a sign of weakness, which was never taught in basic training or as a soldier. My hope is there are still enough Veterans out there to pull deep into their training and give it a go, not just one or two Veterans per Legion as they will soon loose confidence, we need every Veteran possible to take the challenge in 2018. Call your friends, talk about it, post it, pass on information and lets correct this situation before we all loose this once great organisation. Lets run in 2018 just like we would run a Federal Election, get off your ass and do something about it! I know that most people are busy with jobs and family but if each Veteran could spend a couple of hours a week we would have more man hours than required to run the Legion. In closing, I would like to ask all Veterans, how their children and grand children will feel knowing that the Legion failed because of their father’s and grandfather’s lack of effort, that will certainly be worse than what is happening at the Legion run by Civilians. One of the greatest leaders of our generation said; the best thing to do is the right thing, the next best thing to do is the wrong thing, but the worst thing to do is nothing! (Sir Winston Churchill)

  2. irishroverpei says:

    Well said Ira, but it’s questionable if it will happen. Maybe we should call meetings across the provinces for veterans to meet and plan the future. To over rule the present policies. Alas, I think we would end up with more problems than solutions

  3. Dave Marson says:

    I am interested in supporting my fellow veterans not interested in the Legion.

  4. russ says:

    I also am not renewing my membership. Command closed our branch because the membership refuse to pay the 10% tax they imposed on our poppy fund. Command’s reason for the tax was to support Cape Breton vets because the veteran office closed. Now it’s open they still want our money

  5. irishroverpei says:

    Russ it’s very clear the commands are despearate for funds. They see their little ivory towers and perks crumbling from lack of money. One of the reasons we see them trying to sell their cheap tat embossed with the poppy. Earrings,umbrellas,coffee mugs cheap booze, legion medals and the list goes on.

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