Promoting the presence of neutrality for all its employees is not exclusive to states. Some companies expect the same from their employees.
However, Canadians wishing to work in the world do not impose neutrality!
Multinational Whole Foods learned this the hard way when it wanted to ban its employees from wearing poppy on uniforms in their Canadian stores.
For the company, wearing this symbol is tantamount to supporting a cause and it is feared that its employees will overwhelm them in displaying their beliefs.
Following Prime Minister Trudeau’s intervention and unanimous condemnation from the House of Commons, he would finally invite his staff to wear buttonholes on Remembrance Day.
Still, playing poppy is a questionable political gesture, and the company’s argument was not without interest.
The Prime Minister’s intervention in this matter can be compared to his reservations expressed in relation to the Quebec law on secularization of the state.
On the pretext of fundamental freedom, Mr. Trudeau wants to leave it to be able to demonstrate his faith at work, especially when it fits in with multiculturalism and patriotic zeal.
The posture of the Canadian leader is hardly surprising. Blake’s support from Yves-François Blanchett’s voice, however, leaves the suspect.
The popularity of poppy day and poppy in particular increased in the mid-1990s and has not faltered since then.
The official version is that November 11, the end of World War I Armstras Day, is a time to remember those who stood up for the nation and lost their lives. But which nation?
The 14–18 war was a war of European empires, where Quebeckers died for England. From 39-45, the remnants of peace badly suffered by the victorious powers of the First War and another sacrifice of our own for British interests.
On each occasion, the Canadian Parliament agreed despite Quebec’s opposition.
In Afghanistan, it was American interests that later took some Quebec troops.
On Remembrance Day, the Canadian government would like us to remember the dead and forget that they made unnecessary sacrifices.
I am not among those who believe that we develop patriotism by advocating for war. It is also tough for Quebec, which is not really willing to send its youth overseas to wage war.
For many, the wearing of Remembrance Day and Poppy is like a promotional tool that has been carefully maintained since the 1995 referendum.
Whole Foods was perfect to see this as a reason. In this case, federal promotion of attachment to Canada.
Would it not also be that Quebec sovereignists should be able to wear a symbol in the workplace that would mark a desire to separate themselves from it?