Friday, January 09, 2009

"We are the Canadian Forces, and our job is to be able to kill people."

One of many things the Chancellor of Memorial University, Newfoundland, has said. Now, from a web mouthpiece (details here) of the University of Guelph's University's Central Student Association:
Editorial: U of G to Honour War Criminal [the title's been changed--see here]
The close of the piece:
What's next - an award to Paul Bernardo for his exceptional work with youth?
Reaction invited. Amazingly, there is hope:

Survey Results

Do you think Rick Hillier deserves an award from U of G?

Number who chose this
50% 50%
35% 35%
14% 14%
Update: One can vote here.

Upperdate: The award (and The Torch) are now on Facebook.

Update 3: David Akin weighs in with a timely, thoughtful and powerful response

Uppestdate: The voting figures above were from the early evening, Jan. 9; these are the figures as of 1330, Jan. 10:

Do you think Rick Hillier deserves an award from U of G?

Number who chose this
85% 85%
13% 13%
1% 1%

Well done, people.

Update 5: A brief news clip from CTV Southwestern Ontario, featuring the author of the editorial, Scott Gilbert. Mr Gilbert ran for the Communist Party of Canada in the 2006 federal election:
Scott Gilbert

Party: Communist Party of Canada

Education: Studying environmental engineering at the University of Guelph

Community activities: Executive member of the Central (undergraduate) Student Association, and founder and president of the Guelph chapter of Science for Peace


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most succinct answer I can give is to refer to Jack Nicholson's character's speed in, "A Few Good Men."


8:57 p.m., January 09, 2009  
Blogger John L said...

tausnScott Gilbert is something of a figure at Guelph, and not in a good way.

He's been puttering around campus for years working toward a degree in fits and spirts, dabbling in student politics, etc.

I think he ran in one of the elections as the local communist offering.

I only provide a little background on the lad to suggest that his comments on Hillier are mostly about him trying to enhance his cred among the other lefties at Guelph.

Keep in mind that "thecannon" is a pretty minor player on the student scene here, then add in some credibilty issues with the author and I don't imagine too many folks here give his piece much weight.

8:58 p.m., January 09, 2009  
Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

I read that "editorial" and found it to be the usual vapid hard-left tripe, showing thinking a mile wide and a millimeter deep.

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to vote in Canada :-) The poll results are now 84% pro-Hillier; 13% anti; 1% undecided. Another poll gone horribly wrong! :-)

11:59 a.m., January 10, 2009  
Blogger Revnant Dream said...

Retired Canadian general and chief of defence staff Rick Hillier shoots straight & always has. Maybe those punks who wrote this diatribe ought to look up how out spoken with honesty this man has been in everything he has done. So much so, it appears even Harper got rid of him.
Its one thing to debate policy, another to make it a personnel war with innuendo against an individual. I say that as an Ezra Levant admiring free speecher.
These faux revolutionaries should be informed we have a man going to court for allegedly shooting a combatant while wounded. The accuser was another Canadian soldier. Maybe they should consider this would never happen in any other Nation on Planet Earth, except the USA or the Canada's. Our enemies sure don't. These types are not radicals or anti-Establishment. They are the heirs of Liberalism gone mad. They are the touch stones of society, pretending otherwise.(one of the reasons papers are dying) Its the age of emotion where feelings have become values & morals a smell test. If you really want to be anti-Establishment be a real conservative or libertarian.

8:03 p.m., January 10, 2009  

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