Do you admire the Canadian Forces?
Are you pleased to see our men and women in uniform on the streets?
More and more Canadians would say, "Yes," to both of these questions.
There was a time not very long ago when the Canadian Soldier was very much at the bottom of the ladder.
That perception and the acceptance that comes with it is changing dramatically.
Michael Valpy has written a fascinating piece today examining this shift and our "embracing of the warrior culture."
Particularly interesting was the following:
"Warriors were the centrepiece attraction at a black-tie dinner titled True Patriot Love held in Toronto on Nov. 10, organized by some of the city's super-wealthy with $750-a-head tickets and an auction that raised more than $1-million for Mr. Hillier's Military Families Fund."
Could that have been possible even 10 years ago? I don't think so.
Very few people want war.
Some do, but that's another story.
Few of us want war, but most of us realize the cold reality of a harsh and often hostile world.
There are real dangers and it is our necessity to have a well-equipped and honorable and honored standing fighting force.
We needn't blindly worship these men and women. Nor should we revile them or diminish them, as we too often have in the recent past.
One of the worst and dumbest faces of a week-kneed liberalism - that can only flourish in the safety and luxury of a peaceful social order - is the citizenry who scoffs at its military.
These comments are not a reflection on foreign policy or an excuse for not asking for the same transparency from the military that we demand from other government offices.
OTTAWA — From Saturday's Globe and Mail Published on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 12:00AM EST Last updated on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 3:11AM EST
Adman Gilles-André Gosselin had the gall at the time of the sponsorship program to frequently charge taxpayers for more than 24 hours of work in a single day.
The move was part of a systematic attempt to squeeze every penny out of federal contracts, even if it meant making up timesheets and fake invoices.
For his crimes against taxpayers, whom he defrauded of $655,000, a sobbing Mr. Gosselin was sent to a federal prison yesterday to serve a sentence of two years plus a day.
His lawyer said Mr. Gosselin, 62, is bankrupt and suffers from depression, heart problems and sleep apnea.
Madam Justice Lise Maisonneuve took those factors into account, but she insisted on a jail sentence, saying the one-time journalist was educated and well aware that he was committing fraud as president of his advertising firm from 1997 to 2000.
Mr. Gosselin said little during the 11/2-hour hearing, except to plead guilty at the start and to express remorse at the end.
"I'm sorry, I apologize," he said in tears, unable to add anything else.
Mr. Gosselin's firm, Gosselin Strategic Communications, was a major player in the sponsorship program, overseeing federal visibility at 500 events that received government funding.
He made $4-million from 1997 to 2000, but his remuneration was obtained in part through the submission of 81 fake invoices to Public Works Canada.
The court heard yesterday that Mr. Gosselin had instructed his staff to overcharge the government to maximize his company's revenues.