at 11:52 on November 02, 2012, EDT.
The Canadian Press
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MONTREAL - The Royal Canadian Legion says veterans are insulted that Premier Pauline Marois has stuck a Quebec symbol inside the red poppy that she's been wearing.
Marois was sporting a Fleur-de-lis pin inside her poppy when she gave her first inaugural address in the Quebec legislature this week.
Margot ****nault, the Legion's provincial president, accused the Parti Quebecois premier Friday of playing politics.
"I find it's very political and right now the veterans are very, very, very upset because they fought for Canada not just for Quebec," she said Friday. "We are in Canada. If she wants to wear the poppy she should just wear it like it is."
She said she's even sent a letter to the premier saying it's not proper to wear the poppy with a pin inside.
****nault, whose father was a veteran, said the poppy is a Royal Canadian Legion symbol and nothing should be attached inside — even the Canadian flag.
"The poppy is the Royal Canadian Legion symbol and nothing is to be worn inside like a pin — whether it's the Canadian flag or anything. We're not supposed to," ****nault said.
She said she received about 15 phone calls and about a dozen emails yesterday from veterans who complained the premier's gesture was not acceptable.
I hate to see the war dead used as political fodder.
There is a confidence vote coming up soon. I hope they toss her "government out.