November 08, 2016

Air Canada BANS flight crews from wearing poppies, reverses decision after immediate backlash

StaffRebel Columnist

Air Canada nearly had a PR disaster of epic proportions.

On Monday, a leaked memo revealed that in-flight staff were banned from wearing poppies. Renée Smith-Valade, Air Canada’s vice-president of in-flight service said “I strongly encourage anyone who wants to wear a poppy to observe and respect Remembrance Day to do so when not in uniform.”

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According to National Post, the memo added that “Remembrance Day would instead be commemorated by Air Canada with an “onboard announcement” on its aircraft.”

Worse yet, some employees claim that managers began instructing flight attendants to remove uniform poppies immediately after to comply with the memo.

Luckily, the backlash was swift enough for the decision to be reconsidered. Mere hours later, second memo went out saying “wearing of poppies is supported”.

“We have apologized to our in-flight crews for any confusion surrounding this issue,” Air Canada said in a statement Monday.

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commented 2016-11-10 12:32:16 -0500
Will someone please explain to me why honouring our war dead is considered “too political”.
Will you also explain to me why the asshat at Air Canada who was ultimately responsible for the decision to dishonour our heros, is still working and being paid by the taxpayer…
commented 2016-11-08 19:21:30 -0500
As ex military, yet another reason why I do not fly anymore to support these idiotic pansies that run the inherently Liebrano organizations!
commented 2016-11-08 14:57:40 -0500
“We have apologized to our in-flight crews for any confusion surrounding this issue.” Confusion? Did Air Canada’s V-P go through some turbulence?
commented 2016-11-08 14:56:42 -0500
Another reason to fly WestJet whenever possible.
commented 2016-11-08 13:58:02 -0500
Agreed Fraser.
Fly the flag, wear your poppy. Its time to get more patriotic not less.
Walking it back was a smart move on Air Canada’s part. Bloody globalists.
commented 2016-11-08 13:26:48 -0500
The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Lieutenant Colonel John McCraeIn Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead: Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved: and now we lie In Flanders fields! Take up our quarrel with the foe To you, from failing hands, we throw The torch: be yours to hold it high If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

On May 2, 1915, John McCrae’s close friend and former student Alexis Helmer was killed by a German shell. That evening, in the absence of a Chaplain, John McCrae recited from memory a few passages from the Church of England’s “Order of the Burial of the Dead”. For security reasons Helmer’s burial in Essex Farm Cemetery was performed in complete darkness.

The next day, May 3, 1915, Sergeant-Major Cyril Allinson was delivering mail. McCrae was sitting at the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the Yser Canal, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, Belgium.

In Flanders Fields Poem
As John McCrae was writing his In Flanders Fields poem, Allinson silently watched and later recalled, “His face was very tired but calm as he wrote. He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer’s grave."

Within moments, John McCrae had completed the “In Flanders Fields” poem and when he was done, without a word, McCrae took his mail and handed the poem to Allinson.

Allinson was deeply moved:

“The (Flanders Fields) poem was an exact description of the scene in front of us both. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene."
commented 2016-11-08 12:41:21 -0500
Country which is too ashamed (PC) to honour it’s dead soldier is doomed.
Why’d soldiers be sacrificing their lives for the honour of such ungrateful country & it’s citizens.
This year I noticed very few people, in lower mainland, are actually wearing their poppies, the whole region has gone PC crazy.
commented 2016-11-08 11:43:22 -0500
Air Canada is another empire that bows to the left-wing loons in our government. They are going to lose business because of this faux pas, and then they will crawl, like the snakes they are too Trudeau, to beg for public money.
commented 2016-11-08 11:39:32 -0500
It is so nice that the politically correct management relented & so graciously, allowed, I emphasize allowed them to honour the sacrifice their fathers and grandfather made in WW2.

My point is it is not a matter of allowing something! That would give the airline power over ones freedom of speech!

Screw you Air Canada and your politically correct management!
All patriotic Canadians, real Canadian will wear the poppy not because they are given permission, but because they love their country & freedom and parents & grandparents.
commented 2016-11-08 11:27:20 -0500
F#@king right. Keep pushing back. These leftists have feet of clay. They are weak. Push back HARD and they will fold like a cheap suit.