Monday, June 4, 2018

OMG Colours banned at all Royal Canadian Legions

The Royal Canadian Legion has adopted a new national policy that prohibits the wearing of "outlaw motorcycle club and street-gang colours" at its events and premises.

It was decided that wearing outlaw motorcycle club and street-gang colours was "contrary to the legion's articles of faith and disrespectful of the sacrifices made by our veterans."
The new policy resulted in an event being cancelled in Miscouche, P.E.I. The event was supposed to be a gathering of members of the Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents.

"Groups seem to be trying to legitimatize themselves by associating with veterans groups," said RCMP Cpl. Andy Cook. "We see them attend events and the veteran's clubs and they seem to be trying to curry favour with them."

Stephen Wallace, chairman of the Atlantic Confederation of Clubs speaks about the treatment of motorcycle club members.
The Atlantic Confederation of Clubs said banning motorcycle club patches in a public establishment is inconsistent with the fundamental freedoms outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The group stated that seeing this ban at Royal Canadian Legions "is especially disappointing as it affects a large number of club members who are also our veterans. We want to see change, and stop the discrimination."
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