It could be political; maybe generational; or it reveals a stark difference in values … between a school teacher, the son of a former Prime Minister, and a 12-year Canadian Defence Forces veteran , son of a former Ontario MLA.
This goes far beyond the differences between Justin Trudeau and Erin O’Toole on the economy, the environment, social policies or Indigenous relations.
And it has received a lot of media play … seen, heard and read about by millions of voters.
It’s about the meaning and respect for our country’s flag … which should fly proudly and at full mast throughout any country: lowered only to half-mast in exceptional circumstances to grieve or totally removed, God forbid, if ever surrendered to a foe.
Canada’s flag (and its predecessors) have a very proud history … admired and respected worldwide.
We wear it on our lapels, our backpacks, our hats, our luggage and find ourselves searching for it in the crowds when we watch any international sport event anywhere in the world … and feel pride whenever we spot it.
The Maple Leaf means something!
It is more than a piece of cloth: it symbolizes who WE are; how WE live; what are OUR values; and, how WE keep trying to get better and meet those standards.
In fact, the Maple Leaf is so well thought of, some American wear it as a lapel pin instead of their own when travelling abroad!
But that does not mean we are perfect. (There I am, a typical Canadian, apologizing again.)
That’s why Canada’s flag was lowered to half mast on all federal buildings across the land on May 30, on orders from Prime Minister Trudeau after hundreds of unmarked children’s graves were discovered at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
Now, more than three months later, the Maple Leaf is still down … at half mast, on orders of the Prime Minister, who said last week it is going to stay down.
” When we decided to bring down those flags to half-mast, we made the commitment that we would not raise them again until we have worked enough with Indigenous communities and leadership to make a clear determination that it was time to raise them again and continue the hard work of reconciliation,” Trudeau explained.
Now it has become political.
Trudeau will not return the Maple Leaf to full mast without the PERMISSION of the First Nations.
NO group: no racial constituency ; no ethnic population, no religious community …. no one not elected by the Canadian people should have VETO POWER on when the Canadian flag flies at full staff ! EVER!
ONLY the Prime Minister of Canada has the right to order flags on federal properties flown at half mast … and for Trudeau to GIVE AWAY the power to decide when it can be raised again is disgraceful!
Looks like the Canadian flag means more to many other Canadians than it does to our own Prime Minister.
Canada has become the only democratic country in the world where its flag has been flown at half-mast for more than three months … with no indication when it will be raised!
Keeping the Maple Leaf down so long is PANDERING and it DISRESPECTS the sacrifices that so many Canadians have made to keep the Maple Leaf PROUDLY flying high over our land.
I believe it’s a CHEAP VOTE-BUYING attempt by Trudeau … which should be repudiated by all Canadians, including First Nations leaders.
It’s an invitation to blackmail.
If Indigenous leaders REALLY want reconciliation … not more disrespect, more resentment and more resistance from other Canadians … they should reject Trudeau’s shameless patronizing divisiveness and declare they want no part in deciding how/when Canada’s flag flies.
First Nations’ members who are also proud Canadians … including thousands who are veterans … deserve better.
Apparently, Erin O’Toole gets that.
The Conservative Leader has been unequivocal: the Maple Leaf would be restored to full mast after Sept 30, the national day of commemorating Truth and Reconciliation, if he become Prime Minister.
“I’m very proud of our country, despite the scars from our past,” O’Toole said.
“I do think we should be proud to put our flag back up,” he said while speaking to reporters in Ottawa on August 26. “It’s not a time to tear down Canada — it’s a time to recommit to build it to be the country we know it can be.”
What happens if, before the First Nations feel enough of their demands are met and give PERMISSION for our flag to be raised, Canada faces a major tragedy or death of a renowned citizen?
Will Trudeau order the Maple Leaf be lowered to quarter-mast?
He has to go!
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