By 1925, the veteran’s movement has split into multiple camps that ranged from broad-based organisations that aspired to universal representation to ones with restrictive membership, such as blinded veterans. The result was a disjointed movement with little political power or influence, habitually strapped for funds, and that could not effectively represent veteran’s interests. Despite repeated attempts at unification and amalgamation, the Canadian veterans movement was on the brink of collapse and irrelevance because of the fragmentation of veteran’s organisations - a fate not unwelcome to the Government.
Before the war, other than a few regimental associations, the ANV was the sole representative of veteran’s interests and any veteran of service in the British or Canadian service could join. During the war, the first new veteran’s organisation...
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... Winning the Second Battle: Canadian Veterans and the Return to Civilian Life, 1915-1930: 197.
Jack Jarvie and Diana Swift, The Royal Canadian Legion, 1926-1986 (Toronto, Ont., Canada: Discovery Books, 1985), 27.
Cook, The Madman and the Butcher: 314.
Great War Veterans Association Minute Book, 30 June 1925, MG 28 I298 v1, LAC.
Report of Proceedings of the National Unity Conference and Draft Constitution, File 44, MG 28 I298 v43, LAC.
"Ontario Veterans to Meet," Montreal Gazette, 15 April 1926.
Ltr. Griesbach to Currie, 21 December 1925, File 4, MG 30 E100 v27, Currie Fonds; LAC.
Currie, the Principal at McGill Unversity, was in ill-health at this time and his correspondence was answered by a McGill University official. Ltr. Turner to Currie, 3 June 1928; Ltr. Acting Principal to Turner, 5 June 1928w, File 69, MG 30 E100 v19, Currie Fonds; LAC.
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