CORNWALL Ontario – Lt-Col. Steven Young of the SD&G Highlanders, known as the Glens, will tell everyone who will listen that the unit is short staffed. Since taking over the unit numbers have drifted to about half strength.
Could one of the reasons why the unit have such a low amount of soldiers be the fact that former Liberal MPP Jim Brownell is still the Honourary Colonel with the unit refusing to address Mr. Brownell’s participation in a facebook hate group that desecrated the Poppy?
We wrote about the cover up back in November 2014. ( LINK ) Mr. Brownell as of 6:31 AM is still a member of this group, and an active one at that.
With Canada busy in different areas of the globe that means putting one’s life in harms way as a soldier in our armed forces. That’s a noble act at any level and our soldiers deserve our respect and care when they are hurt.
Having an honourary Colonel supporting a mocking of what the poppy represents surely is not something that will attract our young people to sign up for duty.
The bigger question Mr. Young should be answering is why were Mr. Brownell’s actions tolerated and not condemned? Why is he still representing the unit?
This writer predicts numbers will stay down until Mr. Brownell is removed from the unit.
What do you think Canada? Should someone that didn’t defend the Poppy while wearing his uniform in his profile picture in such a group be given a free pass? You can post your comments below.