Ontario Aloof of Honouring End of War in Afghanistan

Having spent 12 years in Afghanistan, Canadian soldiers have finally lowered Canada’s flag for the final time in order to mark an end to a long mission. Accordingly, the schools, public building and capitals of New Brunswick, Alberta and Saskatchewan have also decided to pay tribute to the returning Canadian soldiers by lowering Canadian flags to half-mast. Recognizing the occasion, Premier Redford stated that “we need to honour our soldiers and their families on this mission’s final day.”

However, similar gesture has not been observed in Ontario so far, even though it had previously chosen to change rules in order to fly the rainbow flag at Queen’s Park to support gay rights when the Winter Olympics were being staged in Sochi, Russia. Explaining the situation, a representative of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office, Kelly Baker, alleged that “there is currently no request before the legislature to lower the Canadian flag (Wednesday). In order to do so, all three parties would have to put in a request to the Speaker’s office.” Furthermore, she added on Tuesday that “Ontario recognizes the many Ontario soldiers who served in Afghanistan and honours those who gave their lives.”

Meanwhile, the Ukranian flag was flying at Queen’s Park on Tuesday. Commenting on that, Wynne’s press secretary, Zita Astravas, elucidated that “the Ukrainian flag is now up as all three parties agreed.” Confirming that no one at City Hall had similar thoughts either, city spokesman Wynna Brown, alleged that “I have checked in on this and there are no plans at present.”

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  1. One would think that honoring Canada’s committment in Afghanistan would be federally-mandated , after all the war wasn’t a provinicial government responsibility.

    Rather than griping about the fag at Queens Park, ‘Oye times’ might be better-engaged in passing along the governments’ (any of them) plans to honour the military – as was done for the Libyan adventure – and how much it’s going to cost. The latter being more, I’d imagine, than lowering and hoisting a flag..

    Perhaps if the military would stick to ‘withdrawing’ once, the event might be more significant. This is the third time the flag’s come down. There will still be deployments due to our ‘NATO obligations’ in Afghanistan . It’s not like Libya, where we supposedly actually ‘won something’.

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