CALGARY -- An active soldier with a family vocalizing his inability to keep up with his bills on base in Alberta will likely be charged, sources tell QMI Agency.
Cpl. Darenn Tremblay, 25, performed Thursday on a sidewalk with a guitar, an up-ended combat helmet and a sign saying, "I am in the Canadian Forces posted to Cold Lake with a family. Any spare change will help."
He's also taken on a second job.
The young soldier from Jonquiere, Que., said it was due to a recent increase to residential housing units at Cold Lake, where he has been stationed for two and a half years, and where the cost-of-living payments are lower than in other military communities.
"Our salary stays down, and like everybody, we got lots of debts," Tremblay said.
To hear of an active soldier with a family busking to pay his rent was a first for Michael Burns.
The co-founder of advocacy group True Patriot Love said if it's one, that's still one too many, but his concern is if it's one among a trend.
It's unacceptable, Burns said, adding it's hard to imagine "our men and women in uniform have to go to these lengths to have basic housing taken care of."
"We have resources in place to take care of our active members," he said.