I know he's very touchy, but it is a fact that they actually do a lot to preserve the medals. A lot of these collectors--probably the majority of them--are actually former military people who take a really keen interest.
I'll give you a good example of what happens with medals, decorations, and orders. We received at our national headquarters a collection of World War I and World War II hat badges. It was probably the most complete hat badge collection we've ever seen. It was squirrelled away in the downstairs of a Legion branch that went out of business and asked Dominion Command to take over the hat badge collection.
It's such a significant collection that we've actually given it to the War Museum because they had never seen that many hat badges of that era. So we are in the process of cleaning it all up, and then we're going to go through the process of displaying it properly. It actually sat in an old back shed somewhere. For years and years nobody could see it. That's where these collections are.
The same thing is going to happen with a lot of these medals. A lot of these medals are going to end up squirrelled away in drawers somewhere, whether in a family drawer, in a collector's drawer, or, through mass of numbers, in a slide-out drawer at a museum because they just don't have room to display all of these.
So, yes, it's a huge problem. And I think even just discussing this bill brings the education aspect forward. It helps to educate Canadians on the magnitude of the issue. Do we need legislation? Does my right to be able to determine where my medals go need to be legislated? I would prefer that it not be.