I thought I lived in a democracy and I thought that Canada was a sovereignty ! After turning on the news at 6 pm today I guess I am wrong on both accounts! This blog post deals with the fact that "Government of Canada Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Tuesday his government has corrected a historic mistake by restoring the "royal" designation to the air force and navy, a move he says will come at a minimal cost." (source:http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/16/pol-military-renaming.html )
Historic mistake? Minimal cost? Canada is an independent country, and it should not have any political ties with Great Britain and its so-called "royal family" any longer, which suggest that Great Britain and its royal party have any influence over us! However, to me, this decision by Peter MacKay once again will have the people in other countries thinking that our armed forces (and country for that matter!), do have a link which is one in which the Royal Family and Great Britain have a great deal of influence on what goes on in Canada! If Defense Minister Peter Mackay wanted to have such a designation re-applied in Canada, then he should have asked the people of Canada if we wanted it rather than pushing through his views and beliefs on Canadians!
In addition, the people of Canada want Defense Minister Peter Mackay to come clean and publically state to us exactly how much restoring the "royal designation" to Canada's armed forces is going to cost the taxpayers of this country!
As stated in the above-mentioned CBC news article, "former Government of Canada defense minister, Paul Hellyer, however, the man responsible for removing "royal" from the air force and navy titles and introducing the unified command structure in 1968, said that MacKay is the one making a mistake.
"I'm very disappointed, actually very sad … I think it's really moving backward," Hellyer told CBC News, adding that the name changes are returning Canada — and the Forces — to a "semi-colonial status."
Mr. Mackay you have no right to force your views on the people of this country in this matter! I for one do not want our armed forces to return to having the "royal" designation! And Mr. Mackay the fact that you would consider restoring the "royal" designation to Canadas' armed forces, let along force this decison down our throats shows how out of touch you are with Canadians, and it also once again shows how arrrogant and self-righteous the members of the ruling Progressive Canadian party of Canada are!
Mr. Mackay not only have you alienated yourself from Canadians with this decision, you also suggest by thinking of and implementing your decision, that those men and women who risked their lives, and lost their lives in the World's World Wars, and who did so to defend and preserve Canada's sovereignty, did so for nothing, because now Canada has returned to "semi-colonial" status in the eyes of the World!