Me­mo­rial sup­port ar­gu­ment rings hol­low

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

Neil McKin­non’s let­ter to to the editor (Green Cove per­fect for war me­mo­rial, July 13, Cape Bre­ton Post) spent con­sid­er­able time at­tempt­ing to use ti­tles and con­nec­tions to im­press read­ers and per­suade them that his sup­port of the me­mo­rial there­fore car­ries weight.

I be­lieve it is ir­rel­e­vant to the de­bate about the place­ment of the ‘Mother Canada’ war me­mo­rial in Green Cove that McKin­non was pres­i­dent of Do­min­ion Com­mand when he vis­ited Vimy Ridge, and equally ir­rel­e­vant that his travel com­pan­ions were David John­ston, Peter Stof­fer and Stephen Blaney.

Fur­ther, I be­lieve that he mis­leads the read­ing public as it is un­true that 114,000 names of fallen Cana­dian sol­diers will ap­pear on the me­mo­rial.

What’s more, since the First World War ended in 1918 and the Sec­ond World War ended in 1945, it is highly un­likely that many of the dead sol­diers loved ones are still alive and will be able to visit the planned me­mo­rial to read their names.

It is true that many peo­ple around the com­mu­nity sup­port this pro­ject. We might ask why. They have been led to be­lieve that tourists from “all over the world” will flock to the place and vastly im­prove the econ­omy.

This is highly spec­u­la­tive even for the great­est op­ti­mist. We are off the beaten track. Most of the tourists who do come ven­ture here to ex­pe­ri­ence the won­ders of the Cabot Trail, in­clud­ing Green Cove, in all its nat­u­ral beauty. It’s at best doubt­ful that a lot of money will be spent by folks flock­ing here to visit what I con­sider to be a grotesque mon­stros­ity in Dis­ney-es­que sur­round­ings.

At best, MacKin­non’s ar­gu­ments are hol­low and what he ut­terly fails to ad­dress is this in­dis­putable fact: if this mon­u­ment goes up, a beau­ti­ful and unique part of the na­tional park will be de­stroyed for­ever.

Va­lerie Bird Syd­ney

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