Today there will be a vote in the House of Commons on whether the Canadian flag atop the Peace Tower should be lowered to half-mast when a Canadian soldier dies in combat.
After it came to power the Harper government ordered the custom of lowering the flag to stop. Now all three opposition parties want the practice resumed.
The Globe and Mail smells a rat here. The paper believes lowering the flag to half-mast every time a Canadian soldier dies smacks of anti-war sentiment dressed up as a way to honour the fallen. Others say the Harper government does not want to highlight the deaths of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, for deeply symbolic gestures to remain deeply symbolic, they cannot be repeated so often they lose any real meaning.
As it stands now the Peace Tower flag is lowered to mark the deaths of federal officials such as member of parliament and lieutenant-governors.
Wouldn’t a soldier who has made the supreme sacrifice in battle deserve the same honour?
What do you think?