Dominion convention fails Cold War Veterans and snubs a resolution for support of a Defence of Canada Medal.”
I have no idea why the resolution was defeated. However, it tells me the Legion at the Dominion level and some of the Legion Commands are not as supportive as they proclaim to the thinning ranks of Canada's Cold War Veterans.
It seems they boastfully talk of support, but fail when asked for support of a Cold War Medal.
According to Veterans Affairs, in 2016 there were 600,000 deserving veterans of the Cold War period remaining. The average age being 83. I cannot understand why we received a cold shoulder to have us appropriately recognized. One might also ask why a voting support procedure was even needed? No finances were involved, we only wanted support!
Bill C-270 as re-introduced by MP Carol Hughes (2016):
"The medal officially pays tribute to those who served in the defence of Canada from 1946 to 1989. That was when, as states developed weapons of war, we became aware of the fragility of peace and our own vulnerability.
“These individuals served in the protection of Canada from threats posed by the countries behind the Iron Curtain. They were trained and prepared to defend Canada in all ways necessary, but
were never engaged on home soil.
“The act… has widespread support across the country, especially from those who worked hard to keep us safe and prepared during those unsettling times."
A Cold War Veteran