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Royal Canadian Legion says it doesn't condone Cherry's comments

12 novembre 2019
With Don Cherry out at Hockey Night in Canada for comments made on immigrants wearing poppies, The Royal Canadian Legion, a group representing military veterans in Canada, says it can't condone his comments.

“Mr. Cherry’s personal opinion was hurtful, divisive and in no way condoned by the legion,” Thomas D. Irvine, CD, Dominion President, said in a statement emailed to the Toronto Star. "His comments ran contrary to our own articles of faith which are based on respect for people from all backgrounds. We do remain appreciative of his passionate support for veterans."

Cherry has been a long-time supporter of the armed services in Canada, but apparently crossed a line last weekend when he went on a rant after claiming to see what he believed to be immigrants to Canada not wearing poppies in downtown Toronto.

"...you people love — that come here, whatever it is — you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price."

Interestingly enough, when Cherry first started doing Coach's Corner on Hockey Night in Canada, his co-host was Dave Hodge, who took to Twitter after his firing to support Sportsnet's decision.

"The day Don Cherry decided he should speak to and for Canadians on any subject at all should have been the day that somebody told him he couldn’t, because he was an ex-coach hired to comment on matters related to a telecast called Hockey Night in Canada,” Hodge said.

Labatt's Breweries of Canada, a major sponsor of Coach's Corner through Budweiser, also supports the decision to show Cherry the door.

“The comments made Saturday on Coach’s Corner were clearly inappropriate and divisive, and in no way reflect Budweiser’s views,” Todd Allen, VP of Marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada, said in an email to the Toronto Star.

Source: Toronto Star
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