Were Was the Prime Minister’s Bravery This Week?
“The bravery and selflessness demonstrated by Canadians on that day in Normandy, and throughout the war, remind us of the incredible cost of defending freedom, human rights, and democracy.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
‘Excuse me, Mr. Prime Minister. Where is your bravery when it comes to defending the principles of democracy against a fascist like Donald Trump?’ – Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
A Statement by the Prime Minister on the 76th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, followed by a Brief Critique by Doug Draper on Justin Trudeau’s 21 seconds of silence
Posted June 6th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
Ottawa, Ontario – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on the 76th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy:
“Today (this June 6th, 2020), on the 76th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, we remember and honour the brave Canadians and Newfoundlanders who fought, and those who gave their lives, alongside Allied forces in a battle that became a turning point in the Second World War and changed the course of history.
“On June 6, 1944, over 14,000 Canadians stormed Juno Beach, as part of the largest combined sea, air, and land military operation in history. Together with Allies, Canadian soldiers broke through German defences on the beaches of Normandy and opened up a new Western Front in Europe.
“In breaching the Atlantic Wall, the Allies overcame difficult odds and achieved a critical victory. But the two-and-a-half months of fighting in Normandy that followed came at a terrible cost to Canada. More than 5,000 were killed and another 13,000 Canadian troops were wounded, some of whom suffered permanent and life-changing injuries.
“The bravery and selflessness demonstrated by Canadians on that day in Normandy, and throughout the war, remind us of the incredible cost of defending freedom, human rights, and democracy. We must remember them, and the more than one million Canadians who served during the Second World War.
“As the global COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to move this year’s commemorative ceremonies <https://www.facebook.com/CanadaRemembers/> online, I invite all Canadians to pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who fought in the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. It is our solemn responsibility to remember those who served and sacrificed. They gave everything so that we can enjoy the peace and freedom that we hold so dear today.
“Lest we forget.”
An Afterword by Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –
Lest we forget, indeed!
What we should never forget is that those Canadians, their U.S. allies and others were fighting on that day 76 years ago – the Canadians and other allied troops our current Prime Minister is now so rightly celebrating for their bravery and sacrifices – were forces of fascism that threatened all peace-loving people a life of justice and freedom in a democracy.
Well, Mr. Prime Minister, we clearly have forces of fascism at work right now, led by an authoritarian thug holding the highest office in our neighbouring country.
And when you were asked by a member of the media for a comment on Trump’s incendiary conduct during the ongoing marches for racial and economic injustices south of the border, you stood there, looking like a deer caught in the headlights and said nothing for 21 seconds.
Not even a cricket could be heard for those 21 seconds before you turned to some of the talking points you have recited in the past about Canada having issues of racism we have to deal with here too, which is true.
Problem is that you were being asked about the ever more dangerous of someone to the south of us with a fascist mentality that not only threatens the future of his country, but Canada and the rest of the world.
You stood there and said nothing while millions of mostly younger people in the United States, Canada and other nations around the world – young people you so often wax caring words about – are risking their lives in a pandemic to demonstrate and stand up against out of fear for their future.
You stood there while a growing number of significant others, from the Pope of the Catholic Church, to retired generals and admirals in the United States, are speaking out against the threat this monster poses because they feel we have reached an “inflection point” for freedom and democracy.
So Mr. Trudeau, as you pay tribute to those who so bravely sacrificed life and limb fighting fascism on the beaches of Normandy, France 76 years ago, our freedoms and democratic principles are facing the forces of fascism again.
And every 21 seconds we fail to stand up and speak out counts.
I know some political pundits have argued that the reason you said nothing about Trump is out of fear that he might get angry and retaliate against Canada with more punishing tariffs and the like. But Trump has contempt for you and for Canada anyway and his actions have already done damage, economically, environmentally and in a host of other ways.
So I ask you this.
When the history of this ‘inflection point’ is written, what will your place in the ongoing struggle for freedom and democracy be?
Will you be remembered for the bravery of a Winston Churchill or for the cowardliness of the appeaser Neville Chamberlain?
Lest we forget.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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