Last week, The Royal Canadian Legion was shocked and disappointed to learn the Liberal Government has no plans to issue a Canada 150 commemorative medal – a medal that would mark the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and recognize the contributions of Canadians to the past, present and future of our country.
The Legion has a 90 year history of supporting community and country. Canada’s still serving Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP and Veterans have long contributed to Canada’s heritage, and the Legion’s 300,000 members continue this service through our work in communities across Canada every day. Canada has a long tradition of issuing commemorative medals to recognize national milestones, from the Centennial Medal of 1967 to the Canada 125 Medal. It would be a shame for the Liberal Government to break this tradition and cancel the Canada 150 Medal, which would recognize tens of thousands of Canadians whose contributions might otherwise go unnoticed.
The Legion has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and sent a copy of the letter to the Governor General of Canada, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Leaders of the Opposition Parties, urging the Government to reconsider their decision and institute the Canada 150 Medal.
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