NDP reject medal-wearing spouses
The Charlottetown woman who wants to wear her late husband's war medals likely won't get any help from the official Opposition in Ottawa.
Madrien Ferris wants to wear her husband's medals at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Charlottetown on Friday. She said she would wear them on the right side to signify that they aren't actually hers.
But she doesn't want to break the law, and the Criminal Code says medals can only be worn by veterans.
NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer told CBC News Tuesday he is not in favour of changing the law to allow relatives to wear the medals of deceased veterans. He said once the line is moved, it's difficult to know where to stop.
"When she passes away, who then wears them? Will it be her children? And then will it be the grandchildren?" said Stoffer.
"And then when does it stop? Saying OK, a friend of mine passed away and he didn't have any relatives so I'm going to wear them in his honour. What happens in the end, if you speak to many elderly veterans or current day veterans, it may end up diminishing the value of the medals because the person who earned them is not actually wearing them."
Stoffer said he understands Ferris wants to wear the medals out of respect and love. He suggested the medals could be put in a small display case and carried at Remembrance Day services.
He doesn't believe Ferris would be arrested if she did decide to challenge the law.