I'm floored to read this story. Flabbergasted. I mean, on what possible grounds could Stephen Harper possibly even begin to justify politicizing this event, which is meant to honour the sacrifice of thousands of Canadians, and one of the pivotal moments in the creation of the strong, vibrant, independent Canada of today?
The battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I is considered by historians as the moment Canada earned its right to call itself a nation through its valour and sacrifice. In just over a week, the Prime Minister will help unveil a new memorial at a 90th remembrance ceremony on Vimy Ridge, but as Hannah Boudreau reveals exclusively tonight, politics appears to be at play in deciding who will attend…This is simply beyond the pall. Forget mean-spiritness, or asholiness, we've come to expect that from Harper. And we're all big boys and girls, we don't mind the rough and tumble. But to play politics with an event as significant as this, with the memory of fallen Canadian soldiers…it's simply sickening.
…None of the opposition leaders were invited, either. And it's by no means a small delegation. The list of people who did make the cut are former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, her husband, John Ralston Saul, and Public Works minister, Michael Fortier. It's not like the Conservative government is just following tradition. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of VE Day, former Prime Minister Paul Martin included all three opposition leaders on his trip to the Netherlands…
I mean, there are times when politics should be put aside. For things that are larger. For Canada. Because it wasn't Conservatives or Liberals that gave their lives at Vimy, Mr. Harper. It was Canadians.
Harper has gone way over the line here. He should be ashamed.
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