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November 21st, 2006

This was going to be a happy post about all party approval of a State Funeral for the last surviving WWI vet:

VICTORY! Parliament approves State Funeral for last veteran of the First World War – November 21, 2006

Canada.com has a more detailed story here:

OTTAWA (CP) – The House of Commons unanimously approved a motion Tuesday asking the government to offer a formal state funeral for the last Canadian veteran of the First World War.

It’s believed there are only three survivors of the 600,000 Canadians who served under arms in the 1914-18 war: Dwight Wilson, who is 105 and Lloyd Clemett and John Babcock, who are both 106.

Congratulations to the Dominion institute who got this thing done. It was a very worthy cause, which I and many other blogs supported.

Too bad the NDP, under Jack “Look AT Me” Layton, had to take credit for doing this:

Another victory for vets: NDP motion for state funeral wins unanimous consent

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jack Layton celebrated another victory for veterans today as the NDP motion for a state funeral for the last Canadian WWI veteran passed unanimously in the House of Commons.

“Ordinary Canadians across this country want to honour and remember the last of this Great Generation. Close to 90,000 Canadians have already signed the Dominion Institute’s petition calling for a state funeral for the last Great War veteran. With the adoption of our motion today, Canadians can collectively celebrate the sacrifice of all WWI veterans,” said Layton.

The motion, introduced in the House of Commons today by NDP critic for Veterans Affairs Peter Stoffer (Sackville – Eastern Shore) states:

That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Canada should honour all who served Canada in the First World War by sponsoring a state funeral on the passing of the last Canadian veteran of this Great War.

“Canada’s veterans are our greatest heroes and our country’s greatest volunteers. Offering a state funeral for the last Canadian veteran of the First World War is a fitting and symbolic tribute to recognize the great personal sacrifices of those who have served and who are currently serving our country,” said Stoffer.

This victory for veterans and all Canadians comes just two weeks to the day after the NDP’s Veterans First Motion passed in the House of Commons. The Veterans First Motion ensures that Canadian Forces veterans and their families are taken care of, not just during their service days, but throughout their lives by addressing unfair deductions and restrictions on the pensions of veterans and their spouses.

“Afters years of broken promises to veterans by the Liberals and opposition to pension reform from the Conservatives, the NDP is proud to ensure that veterans are getting the recognition they deserve, once and for all,” said Layton.

The vets must be so pleased to have the NDP on their team. Hands up if you thought you’d never see Layton utter the word “Dominion”.


  1. Jason
    November 21st, 2006 at 21:13 | #1

    Ah, yes. The NDP. Apparently they’re the most veteran-friendly party in Canada now. Hah.

  2. TrustOnlyMulder
    November 21st, 2006 at 22:16 | #2

    I think this was a freebie from the Tories to Jack so that the NDP could look a bit less leftwing fruitbar and a bit more Liberal to help in the effort of squeezing the Liberals out of existence in the middle.

  3. wilson61
    November 21st, 2006 at 22:29 | #3

    Ditto, mulder.
    Dippers must get back those borrowed votes for the Libs.

  4. R Wegener
    November 22nd, 2006 at 01:41 | #4

    I went to tell my wife this had been passed (hopefully with our help on signing the petition). BUT, to my surprise, she knew from the New York Times. Apparently this was worth reporting in the American media, but not the Candian. What a surprise!

  5. Brian
    November 22nd, 2006 at 08:09 | #5

    Well that’s the joke now, isn’t it Jason.

    Mulder and Wilson, I hadn’t thought of that, but even if so it’s the over the top element to this press release that astounded me. Almost is if it would never have happened if not for the NDP, looking out for the little guy once again.

    r wegener: interesting point, I heard it on a radio show earlier in the day, then googled it up. But a lot of talk radio shows pushed this two weeks ago when it was a hot item, so it s natural that they would be on it.

    I had a similar experience, thought, last night. I was looking up the shooting on young street story, and only three news outlets where covering it. Canoe and Canada.com were noticeable absent from the story at 10PM, even though it happened around 6:30

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