...to the Half Staff position upon the death of a Soldier!! I am incensed at this so called Expert panel of the Commons Heritage Committee. Headed by Canada's former Chief Herald Robert Watt . That they would dare recommend that the lowering of the flag for soldiers who give their lives for Canada, not be observed on Parliament Hill.
Watt's report also suggests scaling down other occasions in which the flag is placed at half-mast - including Dec. 6, the national day of remembrance and action on violence against women.
This is absurd and a sign that the sacrifices of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, RCMP, Police and Fire services and indeed any Canadian who pays the ultimate price in the service of Canada. Were for Nought!
We as a country over successive Governments have changed our Cultural Heritage in many ways, the cessation of Christian prayers in Schools, the lack of Identifying Christmas as Christmas,but as the season. I personally do not agree with many of these cultural changes. However the simple lowering of the flag, costs nothing. Simply an amendement in the House of commons security department, that in the event of a casualty the flag is to be lowered to half mast for a specified period of time. The exhorbitant cost of this so called Expert Panel more than likely would have created a wage for a Legionaire or Veteran to be appointed to lower and raise the FLAG as required. I for one know a few people in Ottawa that would do this for Pride Honour and remembrance. If I lived in the Ottawa area I would proudly accept this task.
It also recommends against the continued lowering of the flag once every September to honour fallen police officers.
According to the panel, such events water down the significance of Remembrance Day on Nov. 11
These actions in no way will ever replace 11 November as a National Day of Remembrance. Be forewarned parlimentarians your jobs depend on the citizens of Canada Voting for you. To vote against this motion could be the decision that will lose you your position.
Always remember your Troops, RCMP, Police and Firefighters. No matter where they serve on this Globe.
Nil Sine Labore