Monday, April 20, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Betrayal of the Canadian Rangers
They are one of Stephen Harper's favourite photo-op props. The thin red line of Canadian Rangers who guard Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.
He even likes to dress up as one of them...
But now that there is news that the Rangers may be in trouble.
A "significant number" of Canadian Rangers in the Arctic have died in recent years, a trend that is causing concern about the strains on those tasked with being Canada's "eyes and ears" in the North, according to documents obtained by CBC News.
There is no comment from him or the Canadian military.
CBC News requested an interview with the commanding officer of the 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, but after weeks of deliberation that request was denied.
The military also blocked CBC from speaking to historian Whitney Lackenbauer, who has written a book on the Rangers. Lackenbauer is also the honorary lieutenant colonel of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. In an email, the military said Lackenbauer was "not familiar with the whole story.
"CBC also requested information from the military regarding deaths of Canadian Rangers, but after more than a week the military still had not sent a response.
Just this statement from of all people, Julian Fantino.
In a statement, Associate Minister of National Defence Julian Fantino said "our government is extremely proud of the Canadian Rangers, and understands how critically important they are to our Arctic sovereignty."
Isn't that familiar?
First come the photo-ops and then comes the neglect.
You know, they only have 67-year-old rifles, and no proper benefits...
Many of Canada's Rangers are aboriginal. They do not have the same access to services, including medical services, as regular forces members and reservists — unless they are injured on active duty, in which case they would have access to benefits provided by the Canadian Forces.
Which is absolutely disgraceful.
But if I was lost in that bleak icy landscape, my fondest hope would be that these awesome Canadians were looking for me...
Because for them I have nothing but admiration and pride.
But for Stephen Harper now posing along with Jason Kenney as the one who would defend our Arctic sovereignty from the Russians.
I have nothing but contempt...
Great True North Leader indeed.
Don't make me vomit...
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