Member Outreach Letter to
Ministers of Parliament
The Dominion Executive Council, under
the leadership of Dominion President Comrade Tom Irvine, is
continuing to push the federal government for a financial aid
package for Legion branches. I am sending this message on their
Most branches are ineligible for the COVID-19 financial relief
packages already announced by the federal government. That is why
DEC has been advocating for months to the government for financial
assistance that will help branches with their operational expenses,
to help pay the mortgage, rent, utilities and insurance, for
On 26 June, we were encouraged when the Prime Minister stated that
the government was working with the Minister of Veterans Affairs to
try and ensure that they are supporting organizations like the
Legion that are so important to Veterans and communities. Yet, weeks
later, no confirmation or announcement has been made.
The Legion is continuing its effort. Recently, Comrade Tom issued an
op-ed piece that was picked up last week by newspapers in Atlantic
Canada. Last Friday, Comrade Tom issued an open letter to every MP
in the country, imploring them to work with their colleagues to
finalize an aid package.
And now, we are calling on you, our members, to also get involved.
We are undertaking a national letter-writing campaign to make it
clear to the federal government and all Members of Parliament that
Legion branches are facing a dire situation and financial support is
Attached is a template letter (English
that we ask every member in the
country to complete.
1. Simply fill in the
highlighted area with the date, your MPs name, your branch and community
and then your name and branch at the end; please note that the square
brackets around each area to be filled in will remain visible on your
screen but will not print.
2. Then, print the letter and either mail or email the letter directly
to your MP the week of 14 September. And remember, there is no postage
required when mailing a letter from within Canada to your MP.
We are a proud, 95-year old
organization that has never faltered in providing support to
Veterans throughout the country; we have donated millions to support
our communities and numerous community organizations. But now,
Legions are in need. Please encourage every member to join in the
letter-writing campaign by letting your MP know Legions need their
help. Please send your completed letter the week of 14 September.
National Executive Director