Al­leged ‘fake sol­dier’ case to re­sume in March

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - -- Richard Mahoney

A North Glen­garry man charged with im­per­son­at­ing a sol­dier is sched­uled to ap­pear in Alexan­dria court in early March.

A pre-trial dis­cus­sion is to be held March 6 in the case of Si­mon De Roth­schild, also known as Si­mon Mc­Don­ald, who faces a charge of un­law­ful use of a mil­i­tary uni­form.

The 47-year-old Fas­sifern res­i­dent has main­tained his in­no­cence af­ter he was ap­pre­hended Novem­ber 2.

He was ar­rested when Stor­mont- Dun­das- Glen­garry On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice of­fi­cers ob­served a male in a “Cana­dian mil­i­tary uni­form so­lic­it­ing funds for a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the male did not have au­tho­riza­tion to wear the uni­form.”

Mr. De Roth­schild, who started a cadet corps, the ACFC No. 1 Donald High­landers, Alexan­dria Cadet Force, in 2018, has main­tained that he never pre­tended to be a sol­dier.

“I was wear­ing the uni­form of our or­ga­ni­za­tion. At no time were we wear­ing a sym­bol of govern­ment of Canada or the armed forces,” he said.

Mr. De Roth­schild has fired back at crit­ics on so­cial me­dia, where he says he has been threat­ened.

“At the end of the day it will be a mat­ter of if the ev­i­dence sup­ports the charge, not pop­u­lar opin­ion,” he re­cently posted on Face­book. “I don’t be­lieve it does, and I don’t be­lieve any crime has been com­mit­ted. A judge will de­cide.”

A year ago, he had been lauded when as Si­mon Mc­Don­ald he helped to re­ju­ve­nate the Fes­ti­val of Lights in Alexan­dria.

As Chair­man of Clan Donald Fes­ti­vals, Mr. De Roth­schild also or­ga­nized other com­mu­nity events, such as cam­pouts to raise aware­ness of poverty, and a kilt skate.

New cadets

In May, Mr. De Roth­schild an­nounced the for­ma­tion of the new cadet group.

“ACFC Cadets is an in­de­pen­dent civil­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion, with an army theme and is not part of or af­fil­i­ated with the Cana­dian Forces or the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence. Cadets have no obli­ga­tion to join the Cana­dian Forces,” his press re­lease read.

He said that the pro­gram was “largely based” on the Bri­tish Army Cadet Force, although the Bri­tish ACF has no of­fi­cial af­fil­i­ates out­side of the United King­dom.

He has said that “from the be­gin­ning DND had in­put into our uni­forms, and their only con­cern was that we didn’t wear any patches or in­signia that be­longed to the armed forces or the Govern­ment of Canada, which we didn’t.”

CON­TENTIOUS FIG­URE Si­mon De Roth­schild, also known as Si­mon Mc­Don­ald, is shown here vol­un­teer­ing at a walk for the Alzheimer So­ci­ety last year.

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