My continuing struggle to have section 419 of the criminal code changed to allow blood relatives to wear late loved ones medals, met another road block. This time is was very disappointing response and the reason offered of the very weakest kind. . A few months ago I wrote to Senator Mike Duffy asking if he would consider bringing forward a private members bill to have this law (419) amended. I sent him a stack of information on the issue, but never received a response? Only yesterday did I learn of his decision through another person. He apparently asked the legion! and of course they advised against the private bill. What did he expect?? if the legion were for this I wouldn’t have to seek help from others!. Here is how Senator Duffy responded
I was persuaded not to proceed by the legion. If people are divided on the issue, what’s the point. Mike.
I assumed he was smarter than that? did he really believe there was consensus between all veterans and associates? Of course people are divided that is the very reason to bring it forward for a vote. When did this senator hear of a time when opinions were not divided. The point is, those against changing the law are mostly civilian members of the legion (associates). Of approximately 200.000 members less than one third are veterans. However, he is also missing the point that this is not just a legion matter, what about the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons that might like to honour their loved ones on Remembrance day by wearing their medals on their right breasts. Consider associates wear a numerous array of legion medals on their right breast , and on many more occasions than November 11th.
Anyway, I’m not about to give up, the struggle goes on, but it would be nice to get more positive support from like minded veterans. Consider adding your voices to mine, write to your MP’s letters to newspapers etc. The more noise we can make the more people will listen.
Consider this photo, the young girl would be arrested if she lived in Canada for wearing her Great Grandfathers WW1 medals. How could this be a crime???????
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