Today our Canadian military members and veterans as well as police officers come together in ceremonies across the country to honour and remember all Canadian peacekeepers who have served or are currently serving in support of peace operations around the world. Among those who will NOT be there are PM Stephen Harper, Veterans Minister Julian Fantino, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, Veterans Affairs have condescended to send a parliamentary secretary provided that the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping write his speech!
It remains to be seen if the regimes censors will remove the
section of the prepared
speech that promises a change to the monument.
“The three military figures on the monument behind me
recognize … the variety of military missions in which our
country has participated,” the speech prepared for parliamentary
secretary Gill reads. “But there is something missing — a police
officer. It gives me great pleasure to announce that the government
of Canada is resolved to correct that deficiency by adding a fourth
As Wayne Mac Culloch, national president for the above
organization said after
inviting the 3 ministers back in Febuary.
“The first one to say no was National Defence, followed not
long after by Public Safety. I had to prod Veterans Affairs to give
me an answer, which I only got two weeks ago. And at that point, they
said, ‘No, it’s going to be the parliamentary secretary. And you
write his remarks.’”
“Surveys show Canadians are very proud of Canada’s
once-strong reputation for being at the forefront of international
peacekeeping efforts,” he said in an interview. “The fact that
this government would ignore the efforts of the UN peacekeepers’
association is a shame.”
Indeed given their efforts to beat the drum at every opportunity
regarding war and conflict both past and present one would think that
the Harper Regime would be quick to put themselves in front of this
gathering and highlight the regard in which Canada is held for its
peacekeeping efforts across the world since 1948, when the first
Canadian peacekeepers went to the Middle East, 150,000 Canadians have
followed suit and over 100 lost their lives during such missions.
Today Canada is way down on the list of contributors to international
peacekeeping efforts, with fewer
than 120 people participating in missions
around the world.
That Harper and his minions ignore such an opportunity to thank
this relatively small but respected group says much about his regard
for the UN, peacekeeping, and international efforts to prevent
conflict rather than encourage it. His recent rhetoric re current
conflicts rings hollow and adds little to efforts to reduce the
carnage that religious and ethnic extremists across the world are
In my view what these UN peacekeepers do is far more difficult and
dangerous than those who would make war and we should all thank them
for their efforts to make the world a safer place and our
'government' should be at the head of the line in that regard, a
press release hardly counts!
Thanks guys we are all proud of you.
PS. Here are a few other ceremony’s that Harper will not be
attending anytime soon. The opening of the promised Artie Deepwater
Port, the arrival of the first Sea King replacement helicopter for
our SAR folks, delivery of a new reliable twin engined military
jet and................ if we all get our wish, the swearing in of a new
government in 2015!
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