It’s more than a poppy.

Published on May 26, 2018

Last week, we learned about an NDP candidate’s blog about the insignificance of the poppy, Remembrance Day and the sacrifices of our veterans.

If you missed it, here’s the statement from her blog post word-for-word:

“I just wear my peace button on my jacket as always and wait for the collective brainwashing to blow over. When our masters give the signal, everyone can take off the fake poppy – made with prison labour – and create a bit more landfill.” – Laura Kaminker, NDP Candidate, Mississauga Centre.

The complete disrespect for our fallen soldiers and veterans in these words is appalling. The poppy stands for respect and memory for our fallen soldiers. To call it brainwashing is simply disgraceful.

But what worries me is that no other NDP candidate – including the Leader of the party – has spoken out against this candidate.

I believe in free speech. But I also believe in holding people accountable when their free speech reflects such disrespect to the brave soldiers who died for this freedom.

Our campaign team will be wearing poppies in support and respect for our fallen soldiers, veterans, and the brave men and women in uniform today.

Guelph Cenotaph

Lest we forget.

Ray Ferraro

PC Candidate, Guelph