The dragon breathed fire and came in the swift defence of Remembrance Day and it's most iconic symbol, the red poppy.

As discussion in Canada swirled around the virtues of the white poppy this Remembrance Day, Calgary millionaire and former dragon in CBC's Dragon's Den, W. Brett Wilson took to Twitter to defend the red poppy and its significance.

Rather than signifying the human sacrifice made by men and women on behalf of Canada and as a symbol to remember the price and horror of war, proponents of the white poppy argue the red poppy romanticizes and glorifies war.

Wilson swiftly attacked that notion.

While Wilson's tone is one shaped by pragmatism, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino had a much more guttaral response to those espousing the virtues of the white poppy, and called the campaign "offensive."

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  • Cpl. Joshua Caleb Baker

    Age: 24 Hometown: Edmonton, Alta Unit: Loyal Edmonton Regiment, 4th Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Deceased: February 12, 2010 Incident: Training Accident, Kandahar City, Afghanistan

  • Cpl. Zachery McCormack

    Age: 21 Hometown: Edmonton, Alta Unit: Loyal Edmonton Regiment, 4th Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Deceased: December 30, 2009 Incident: Improvised explosive device, Kandahar City, Afghanistan

  • Sgt. George Miok

    Age: 28 Hometown: Edmonton, Alta Unit: 41 Combat Engineer Regiment Deceased: December 30, 2009 Incident: Improvised explosive device, Kandahar City, Afghanistan

  • Sapper Steven Marshall

    Age: 24 Hometown: Calgary, Alberta Unit: 1 Combat Engineer Regiment Deceased: October 30, 2009 Incident: Improvised explosive device, south-east of Kandahar City, Afghanistan.

  • Pte. Chadwick James Horn

    Age: 21 Home Town: Calgary, AB Unit: 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Deceased: September 3, 2008 Incident: Insurgent attack, Zharey district, Afghanistan

  • Cpl. Michael Starker

    Age: 36 Home Town: Calgary, AB Unit: 15 (Edmonton) Field Ambulance, Calgary, Alberta Deceased: May 6, 2008 Incident: Insurgent attack, Zharey District, Afghanistan.

  • Tpr. Michael Y. Hayakaze

    Age: 25 Home Town: Edmonton, AB Unit: Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), Edmonton, Alberta Deceased: March 2, 2008 Incident: Improvised explosive device, Panjwa'i district, Afghanistan

  • Cpl. Nathan Hornburg

    Age: 24 Home Town: Calgary, Alberta Unit: The King’s Own Calgary Regiment, Alberta Deceased: September 24, 2007 Anti-tank attack, Panjwa'i District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

  • Pte. Joel Wiebe

    Age: 22 Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta) Deceased: June 20, 2007 Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan

  • Sgt. Shane Stachnik

    Age: 30 Home Town: Waskatenau, Alberta Unit: 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario) Deceased: September 3rd, 2006 Incident: Ground offensive

  • Master Cpl. Raymond Arndt

    Age: 31 Home Town: Edson, Alberta Unit: The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (Edmonton, Alberta) Deceased: August 5, 2006 Incident: Traffic accident

  • Pte. Kevin Dallaire

    Age: 22 Home Town: Calgary, Alberta Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta) Deceased: August 3, 2006 Incident: Ground offensive

  • Cpl. Francisco Gomez, CD

    Age: 44 Home town: Edmonton, Alberta Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta) Deceased: July 22, 2006 Incident: Suicide attack

  • Capt. Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, MSM

    Age: 26 Home Town: Calgary, Alberta Unit: 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (Shilo, Manitoba) Deceased: May 17, 2006 Incident: Ground offensive

  • Master Cpl. Timothy Wilson

    Age: 30 Home Town: Grande Prairie, Alberta Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Shilo, Manitoba) Deceased: March 5, 2006 Incident: LAV III traffic accident

  • Sgt. Darcy Scott Tedford, CD

    Although he was born in Calgary, Sgt. Tedford grew up in Earlton N.S., the place he called home. Age: 32 Home Town: Calgary, Alberta Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario) Deceased: October 14, 2006 Incident: Insurgent attack