Most Canadians are against Green Cove war memorial: poll
A recent Mainstreet Postmedia research poll designed to measure public opinion on the proposed war memorial for Green Cove has shown most Canadians are against it.
The survey released on Wednesday actually measured support for the Cape Breton monument and one dedicated to victims of communism and showed Canadians have little appetite for either, according to a release from Postmedia.
In regards to the Green Cove monument, the survey showed 50 per cent of respondents disapprove of it. It also showed 35 per cent approve, while the remaining people who answered the survey were not sure of their opinion.
For those who disapproved of its construction, 39 per cent noted that commercialization was the reason.
Parks Canada also issued a statement on Wednesday about the Never Forgotten National Memorial.
“Parks Canada has always been clear that the Never Forgotten National Memorial project must be privately funded and that the Government would not provide funding for the construction of the memorial,” said the statement signed by Alan Latourelle, CEO of Parks Canada.
“There are many elements to be considered before any decision on approval can be made including compliance with the environmental assessment process, robust public consultations, the success of the foundation’s private fundraising campaign, and adherence to the Canada National Parks Act and other applicable legislation.”
Parks Canada has a proven track record in environmental impact assessment, according to the statement, following an established process that guides all projects on federal lands administered by Parks Canada.
Friends of Green Cove, a local group that’s opposed to the monument, felt “gratified” by the survey results, particularly with its commercialization aspect.
“This nauseating, surreal list of souvenirs and bling falls little short of a commodification of Canada’s war dead,” said Friends of Green Cove spokesperson Sean Green, in a press release.
“Can you imagine a similar range of products associated with the National War Memorial in Ottawa or the Vimy Memorial in France? Even if every cent of every sale were to go toward maintaining the Mother Canada memorial — which doesn’t, in any case, belong in Green Cove — such tastelessness is unconscionable.”
The Never Forgotten Memorial Foundation, the organization proposing to build the monument at Green Cove, has stated that it has developed a list of items based on the goods which are likely to be sold at gift stores similar to the ones at Juno Beach or Vimy Memorial, in order to fully protect the trademarks for the memorial.
This list, according to the foundation, may be further refined and amended prior to registration of the trademark. Any money raised through the sale of goods or services related to the memorial will go toward the maintenance and operations of the memorial.
As for the national memorial to victims of communism in Ottawa, the survey showed 58 per cent of respondents disap- prove.
“It appears Canadians have little appetite for proposed government monuments. Whether dedicated to victims of communism, or Canada’s war heroes, the monuments appear to have little support among the general public,” said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet, in a press release.
“More Canadians are aware of and following the proposed Mother Canada monument, proposed to be erected near Cape Breton and dedicated to Canadian war dead. Despite the higher awareness, approval is low and appears to be due to a distaste for the commercialization of Canada’s parks.”
Mainstreet is a national public research firm. The poll surveyed a random sample of 2,491 Canadians on July 9.
Shown above is an artist’s rendition of the Mother Canada monument proposed for Green Cove in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. A recent research poll has shown most Canadians are against the private project.