(Ezra Levant is in the UK covering Tommy Robinson's re-trial, and his election campaign for a seat in the European Parliament. David Menzies guest hosts...)
A few days ago, Veterans Affairs Canada produced a video commemorating Canada’s role in VE Day. That was a nice gesture.
I love the video’s tagline:
“Take a moment to remember. Connect with Canadian veterans. Participate in local commemorative events. Share why remembrance is important to you on social media.”
But the thing is, folks, sharing this video with any Canadian veteran would be akin to spitting in their face. Because most of the footage you just saw didn’t feature Canadian troops or even other Allied soldiers, but German troops on the march. (That Nazi eagle insignia on their uniforms was kind of a giveaway...)
Thankfully, the video has now been removed from the Veterans Affairs website, even though this idiotic infamy shall live on forever thanks to the Internet. But how in blue hell did this horrific error – assuming it was an error – even happen?
This video comes directly from the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. It was narrated by the Minister himself, Lawrence MacCauley. And like any federal government ministry, Veterans Affairs has an entire battalion of communications people. Everything coming out of the ministry supposedly gets vetted, fact-checked, approved and signed-off.
And yet this garbage received the green light?
Well, here's a possibly pertinent fact:
Of the 13 provinces and territories, only four make Canadian history mandatory in high school: Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia. So when it comes to the tagline, "Lest we forget," well, how can one forget when they never had the knowledge passed on to them in the first place?
But to be fair, it’s not just the millennials who have flunked Canadian history; Our older and supposedly enlightened Liberal leaders aren’t so savvy on this file, either.
Remember when the-Minister of Defence John McCallum stated had never heard of the country’s bloodiest military debacle, the Battle of Dieppe? Then tried to do damage control with a letter to the National Post, in which he compared Dieppe to "VICHY" rather than "Vimy Ridge"?
Look at the more recent treatment of Captain Kim Fawcett, and Vice Admiral Mark Norman, and Prime Minister Trudeau claiming his government didn't have enough money to help out veterans?
The Remembrance Day tagline is, "Lest we forget." But for Liberals, they seem to subscribe to the General Douglas MacArthur observation that, “Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away.”
Except that for Liberals then and now, these surviving soldiers can’t fade away quickly enough. After all, these giants, who literally put their lives on the line to serve our great dominion? Well, they’re asking for “too much”…
NEXT: "Here we go again," says my guest Marc Morano. At his essential ClimateDepot.com website, Marc says the "greens" are getting so desperate, they're dredging up long discredited statistics about "extinction" to bolster their fear-mongering.
FINALLY: A special message from England, by Ezra Levant!