Unhappy with Marconi recognition
I don’t know which is more insulting to Cape Bretoners, or all Canadians for that matter — the proposed war memorial destined for Green Cove, or the renaming of the Glace Bay Armoury to Dr. Guglielmo Marconi Armoury.
(Editor’s note: In 1902, Marconi, while based in the Glace Bay, transmitted the first wireless message to cross the Atlantic from North America.)
After leaving North America, Marconi returned to Italy where in 1923 he joined the Fascist party.
In 1930, Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini made him president of the Royal Academy of Italy, which made Marconi a member of the Fascist Grand Council.
Canadian and Allied military suffered many casualties freeing Italy from the black-shirt Fascists. Some of those Canadians were from the very neighbourhood where the Armoury is located. Would it not be more appropriate to name the military station in remembrance of those men rather than one of Mussolini’s protégés?
J. G. Matheson Glace Bay