I am a strong supporter of HM Canadian Forces. One of the many reasons I spent so much time and money to defeat the grit hordes was their shameful treat ment of the military. It truly was a decade of darkness. The grits had no compunction of sending Canadian young peeopl into harm's way with little or no equipment, with helicopters that would fall out of the sky.
Things are much better, though we need to more rebuilding to restore the military. We must restore the honourable traditions of the military and build up our forces. This article makes me think we are well on her way.
A proud military once again
Shaun Francis, National Post · May 30, 2011 | Last Updated: May 30, 2011 3:04 AM ET
Recently I visited Kingston's Royal Military College to watch 200 cadets graduate and become newly commissioned officers in the Canadian military. RMC's commanding officer, Commodore William Truelove, had invited me to attend, to receive an honorary degree and give the commencement speech. The scale of the production left me in awe. Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay, the RMC chancellor, presented the students with their degrees. At sunset, a Canadian Forces skydiving team parachuted into ceremonies that included marching bands, highland dancers and fireworks. The next morning featured a Snowbirds fly-by to mark Chief of the Defence Staff General Walt Natynczyk's inspired commissioning of the new graduates as officers in the Canadian Forces. As I watched all this, it occurred to me how lucky we are to have such a professional group of young leaders representing our country.