Canadian News Nov 6, 2020 4:23 PM EST

Ford government to make it illegal for employers to ban poppies

The announcement was made on Ford's social media shortly after politicians of all parties denounced Whole Foods.

Ford government to make it illegal for employers to ban poppies
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that his government would introduce legislation that "prohibits any employer from banning their staff from wearing a poppy during Remembrance Week."

The announcement was made on Ford's social media shortly after politicians of all parties denounced Whole Foods once news broke that the grocer would prohibit employees from wearing poppies this year.

"I was basically told… if they allowed this one particular cause, then it would open up the door so that they would have to allow or consider allowing other causes," an anonymous Whole Foods employee told CBC.

Whole Foods confirmed in a statement that the poppy does not comply with its updated uniform policy, but did not say why.

"Whole Foods Market honours the men and women who have and continue to bravely serve their country," Whole Foods' statement read. "We support Remembrance Day in all of our Canadian stores by observing a moment of silence on Nov. 11 and by donating to the Legion’s Poppy Campaign."

"With the exception of those items required by law, our dress code policy prohibits any additions to our standard uniform."


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