Hardeman introduces Remembrance Day Poppy Box Bill
QUEEN’S PARK – Today in the Ontario Legislature, Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, introduced the Respect for Veterans Act, a Bill which would allow Remembrance Day Poppy donation boxes to be placed in MPPs’ offices.
“Veterans fought for our freedom and to maintain our democracy,” said Hardeman. “It’s only right that we be allowed to recognize them by having Remembrance Day Poppy donation boxes in our constituency offices.”
Although charities are not specifically mentioned in the Members Integrity Act, the Integrity Commissioner has interpreted the Act such that members should not have donation boxes for any charity, including the Royal Canadian Legion, in their offices.
“Our offices are a place where members of the public come for help with government services and to share their concerns,” said Hardeman. “I believe it’s an appropriate place for people to show respect for our veterans by getting a Poppy and recognizing the sacrifices our veterans made to preserve our democratic system.”
The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign runs from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day. During this time they distribute over 18 million poppies and raise $14 million to help veterans.
“We can’t begin to repay the debt that we owe these brave men and women who fought for the freedoms we enjoy,” said Hardeman. “I had planned for some time to introduce this bill today, but the events of yesterday made me even more determined to ensure we are showing respect for our veterans in every way possible.”
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Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford