Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lower the flag

While I feel Pat Martin has taken over the media spotlight craving void in the NDP caucus left by the absence of Svend Robinson, on this issue I agree with him: the flag on the Peace Tower should fly at half mast to honour the loss of Canadian soldiers in the line of duty, and it should be a decision of Parliament, not the government.

Martin did a live hit on CTV Newsnet this morning. I haven't been able to find any online stories on it yet, (UPDATE: Story is here) but basically he's introducing a motion or something to make the decision on flag lowering one of Parliament, not the government, and he argued strongly the flag should be lowered to honour military members that give their lives in the line of duty.

It sends more of a message to our soldiers that we respect and honour their sacrifice than all the wear red Fridays in the world.

Reached for comment, Harper spokesperson Sandra Buckler said the Conservatives would consider any such motion a confidence motion, and if the Liberals want to force an election it's their ooooown fault.

OK, I made that bit about Buckler up. She hasn't said that…yet. But just wait for it.

In all seriousness, I'm astounded this is even an issue. Does he read his mail or what?

Just lower the dammed flag, Steve.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, lower the flag Stevie! If Stevie doesn't want it lowered everytime we lose a soldier, then perhaps he could have it lowered at the end of each month to honour soldiers that have fallen that month. Maybe my idea is stupid, but some kind of compromise needed here. I know Stevie doesn't compromise, but this isn't about him - it's about Canadians wanting to show their "support" and respect.