Buzz Bourdon, signatory of our petition, wrote an interesting piece in the Globe and Mail on Sunday on the passing of Bruce Beatty, an RCAF veteran, and the man behind the Order of Canada, and two dozen other official decorations and medals.
Beatty had the highest standards when it came to wearing medals, Gauthier said. “He was particularly upset at the proliferation of unofficial medals, which he called ‘popcorn medals.’ He said, ‘If it doesn’t come from the Queen, then it is not real.’”
He loved designing, but what came after often left him frustrated. His particular nemeses were the federal bureaucrats who had little or no knowledge of honours and disliked Canada’s monarchy and its symbols.
“Sometimes, politics got in the way of design and he was pressured to delete the Queen’s effigy, cipher or crown from [his] designs,” Gauthier said.
But as a loyal subject, Beatty did his best to make sure his sovereign had her proper place on his medals.