Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Lowering flags, and standards

If CF members and veterans don't like the idea, then what do the opposition parties hope to gain beyond partisan advantage with this motion?

The House of Commons is expected to pass a Liberal motion on Wednesday that would require a moment of silence and the lowering of the flag above the Peace Tower on any day a Canadian soldier is killed.

If it is passed, the Conservatives are likely to ignore the motion, which sources from both other opposition parties have indicated they will support.


Officials with both the Royal Canadian Legion and the National Council of Veteran Associations opposed the idea, arguing it was unfair to the memories of those who died in other wars and who were not given the same show of respect.

Oh, that's right, nothing.

Why we of voting age in this country put up with such triviality and lack of respect from our politicians is beyond me, though.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"then what do the opposition parties hope to gain beyond partisan advantage with this motion?"

Cheap & tawdry political gain is what they think they will get. Playing vile politics with the lives of troops is beyond base, beyond despicable, beyond politicized.

It is a very clear indication of what the Liberals the NDP and the Bloc really think about our Forces and the value of our troops.

It is simply a despicable motion.

6:11 p.m., April 01, 2008  
Blogger cardinal said...

Let me get this straight.....the Legion members want the men and women of their generation who fought in the World Wars honoured, but not those who are dying for their country today? This sounds a little bit self-serving, I think!

7:16 p.m., April 01, 2008  
Blogger wrlo56 said...

Cardinal - I'm going to assume that your post is an April Fool's Day joke.

9:11 p.m., April 01, 2008  
Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Cardinal, the point is that ALL those who have fallen in service to the country are honoured on Remembrance Day. By lowering the flag for each soldier killed today, but not for each soldier killed in Korea, or on peacekeeping missions through the years, let alone through both world wars, it symbolically raises todays sacrifices above those. They don't want that.

I think one thing that is missing from the discussion is the fact that flags are indeed lowered for each death as it is: in Kandahar, and at the soldier's home base. VIP's also greet every grieving family in Trenton and pay their respects to the fallen.

The current protocol isn't disrespectful at all, as I see it.

9:58 a.m., April 02, 2008  
Blogger Unknown said...

The Liberal's position is ironic given they have done more to demean the armed forces over the past forty years than anyone.

Cheap political grandstanding as Fred wrote.

12:15 p.m., April 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I don't get about the motion is... when one soldier dies one day, does the flag go down for the same length of time as it would for two soldiers on one day? Three? More?

This is especially important for Parliament Hill, which is political-central...

12:36 p.m., April 02, 2008  

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