Elections always cause new and unexpected wedge problems during the campaign. But I don’t think anyone could have predicted that the status of the Canadian flag on federal buildings would have an impact.
The decision to raise the national flag with a half-mast should not be underestimated. It is an expression of the country’s collective sorrow. There is an established federal protocol on when and how long to lower the flag. The flag is lowered by the deaths of senior members of the British royal family, former prime ministers, governors, and others whose passage is considered nationally important. The Prime Minister also has the discretion to lower the flag due to a unique tragedy.
Few Canadians found it inappropriate to lower the flag in response to the discovery of hundreds of unmarked tombs believed to belong to children on the premises of a former residential school. bottom.The flag I came down on May 30thBut no one was aware that Justin Trudeau, strangely, ordered the reduction to continue indefinitely. As the flag approaches four months with a half-mast, Canadians are beginning to ask when the flag will return.
No one wanted to ask first. Who wants to look insensitive enough to question the expression of solemn sorrow for such a tragic situation? In August, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole seized the opportunity and called for the flag to be raised again. During the debate, he repeated that point, setting September 30 as the day to raise the first flag. National Foundation Day for Truth and Reconciliation.. This day seemed to be a good symbolic day to choose to put the flag back on top of the pole.Unfortunately, election politics has emerged and is liberal. Leader Justin Trudeau said Only indigenous leaders have the authority to decide when to raise the flag again.
Trudeau’s position desperately politicized the issue, and if he was reelected, it would be impossible to say when the flag would be raised again. Not all indigenous leaders think the same about the issue. How on earth can we determine when the entire indigenous people wants to raise the flag again? Anyone who dares to raise the flag now will be accused of insulting the indigenous peoples of Canada.
Persistently lowering the flag makes lowering the flag less important. In the meantime, other events and events are passing and the flag cannot be lowered to respect them. NS National Foundation Day For the victims of terrorism Firefighter National Anniversary I went back and forth without lowering the flag symbolically. Other events, including Remembrance Day, are approaching, and if we can’t lower the flag for it, we should simply stop practicing altogether.
Canada has become known to discuss and take no action on all reconciliations with indigenous peoples. Our indefinite virtue signaling with the national flag is no exception. It gives the impression that the government is doing something, even though it’s not really doing anything. If anything, lowering this flag may actually hinder actual efforts to reconcile.
Now that the leaders of each major party have clarified their position on this issue, it is officially an election issue. If the Conservatives win the election, the flag will be dated to return to the full mast. We know that if the Liberal Party wins, the flag may remain down until a change of power in future elections. It is shameful and frankly embarrassing to see a national symbol like our flag involved in the exercise of such a sneaky political brinkmanship.
The world is experiencing one of the biggest challenges of the generation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Citizens are more stressed and divided than ever before. You need to be optimistic and feel a little proud of your country. Canada Day has already been lost in the suicide bombing frenzy over the tragedy of housing schools. We cannot survive in a lasting state of self-loathing and apology. Raising the flag again does not mean that the housing school problem is considered closed. That means we want to be united in advancing the actual action on reconciliation beyond the early days of public mourning.
Unfortunately, our flag has become embarrassingly political football, which could continue for some time.
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