Friday, May 09, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Day of Disappointment
Well today is the National Day of Honour. The day Stephen Harper proclaimed should honour all those who served in Afghanistan.
But as I explained the other night, is an unseemly debacle mainly intended to honour HIMSELF.
Even if that means elbowing the Governor General out of the way, and posing as the commander-in-chief.
The head of Canada’s largest veterans’ organization is upset that the Prime Minister, not the Governor-General, will be presented with a Canadian flag that has become a key Afghanistan war memento during ceremonies to commemorate the 12-year military engagement.
Mr. Moore said the flag should be accepted by Governor-General David Johnston as Canada’s commander-in-chief.
Which is as close to a coup as you can get in this country, and will certainly look like one:
The Conservative government is also staging a display of military might on Parliament Hill, including a Leopard tank, 16 armoured vehicles, and the type of artillery gun that soldiers used to shell Taliban targets in Afghanistan. Military transports, patrol aircraft and helicopters will fly over the Hill.
And I could go on about what kind of leader would do that, and what kind of country we are living in. But I said what I wanted to say the other night.
So today I just want to bring you the stories of two families who lost a son in Afghanistan.
The father who is still mourning six years after his son was killed.
“Still, I say, ‘No, it must be a mistake. It must be a mistaken identity, or whatever.’ Call me crazy if you want. I’m waiting every morning and I’m waiting, morning, night or whenever. I’m waiting to hear his knock on the door.”
Still battling depression.
It is difficult but, on this day, Jerry wants to talk about his son, he wants to keep his memory alive and believes all of the 158 Canadian Armed Forces personnel killed in Afghanistan must never be forgotten.
But he asks if we can meet at the home of Martha, one of his two daughters. Jerry, 59, says because of his depression, his house isn’t in condition to have guests.
And the equally tragic story of this Canadian couple who lost their son only to be treated in a most miserable manner by the government and the military...
For whom this Day of Honour is also a Day of Disappointment...
And after you've watched that video, and seen that mother weep, maybe you'll ask yourselves the same questions I do all the time:
Is this still Canada?
And is THIS a Canadian leader?
And then since the answers are clearly NO and NO, hopefully all decent Canadians will now do what they must.
Honour the dead, help the suffering.
Defeat those ghastly Cons and their depraved leader.
And take our country back...
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