More at the link.Policy shift in the works after CBC reveals relationship between Grande Prairie Legion, far-right group
A member of the Soldiers of Odin Canada displays a patch during a rally in Toronto against the federal government's anti-Islamophobia bill on March 4, 2017. (Chris Helgren/Reuters)
A day after CBC News revealed a Royal Canadian Legion branch in Alberta counts members of the far-right group Soldiers of Odin among its ranks, the national Legion said it would be investigating those links.
"It's just something that we haven't dealt with in the past, but it's hit us right in the face today, and we're going to deal with it," said Thomas Irvine, the Legion's national president.
The Soldiers of Odin Canada are an off-shoot of a neo-Nazi group with the same name in Finland. The Canadian organization has made a name for itself by appearing at anti-immigration protests across the country over the last two years, from Montreal to Vancouver.
But in Grande Prairie, Alta., about a half-dozen members have signed up with the local Legion, which rented the Soldiers its hall for a community Easter dinner last week.
"The story kind of shocked me, I'll tell you, it really did shock me, and I was somewhat dismayed at the news, but we have to deal with these situations, and we will," Irvine said.