Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bruce Beatty, RIP

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.


  1. This is republicanism by stealth. Remove or hide all ties to the monarchy so that it can be argued that the monarchy has lost its relevance. Then, remove the monarchy precisely because it has become irrelevant. Lovely little plan, no?

    We should mourn his passing because it means a great defender of tradition and the crown is gone while the bureaucrats remain to do their dirty work. Would that it had been the reverse...

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The Petition moves along...

May 1: Laurie Hawn, M.P. agrees to support petition
April 30: Sent draft petition to The Dominion Institute to seek their sponsorship
April 28: Sent draft petition to Captain(N) Pickingford, Project Manager, Canadian Navy Centennial Project
April 27: Sent petition to Blaine Barker of the Royal Canadian Naval Association and Bob Nixon of the Naval Officer's Association of Canada and Peter Dawe, Executive Director of the RMC Club
April 26: The Monarchist League of Canada members are supportive
April 25: Interesting - even heated - debate over at the Navy, Army, Air Force Forum, where the "Yeas" have it by a two-thirds majority.