Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Canadian Soldiers no longer worthy of half-mast flags?

Rick Mercer's Blog: Priority Six - We are a bunch of Pricks

Rick Mercer gives a little rant. About what?... The conservative government will no longer lower the flag on parliament hill when a Canadian soldier dies.

I guess... that's the type of thing that happens when I leave the country for a few days.
In a Globe And Mail story, the conservative spokesperson (Def. Minister Gordon O'Connor) says that all soldier's deaths will now be honoured on one day, November 11;
"We've just returned to a tradition.".

I kinda remember the Tories (conservatives) being the ones who howl when a soldier's patriotic death is not properly honoured. Either: the smell of power, money and hubris in the halls of parliament has pickled their brains, or they are expecting/planning to get our military in a whole lotta crap and would hate to keep the Parliamentary Hill flag at half-mast 24/7/365

Let us hope that I am wrong, or that they will find a way to stop giving the country away to the super-rich of the world AND buy enough body armour for the army.

Okay... enough politics for today. Wait... Another story, about a father who wrote a letter asking 'why?' soldiers weren't being given this honour, shortly before his own son was killed in Afghanistan.


JLB said...

Downright dismal. Thank you for sharing this news, sad as it is.

will said...

as far as body armor goes, i was reading a news story somewhere, sorry i can't find it now, where a bunch of soldiers in iraq actually explained how they don't like to wear the body armor since it cuts down severely on ones range and speed of motion, a couple real important things i guess when one is being shot at.

Hoka-shay-honaqut said...

When being chased and shot at by Iraqui insurgents, my preferred mode of self - defense is the tactical nuclear hand grenade, two-day adult diaper and the knitted fall-out blanket.