Leave sol­diers out of de­bate

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

Re: What de­fines our na­tional in­ter­est? (April 12)

It is a con­fus­ing time for the av­er­age per­son in Canada and a chal­leng­ing time for politi­cians. On one hand, you have environmental ac­tivists such as Peter Den­ton in­vok­ing the mem­ory of First World War Cana­dian troops to jus­tify his be­lief that “the pipe­line” should not be built.

On the other hand, you have in­di­vid­u­als and politi­cians who be­lieve that it is in “the na­tional in­ter­est” to build the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line. There are com­pelling ar­gu­ments, pro and con, for more pipe­lines.

Soon I will be in north­west France, where I in­tend to pay my re­spects to the brave Cana­dian sol­diers who fought for “free­dom.” I hon­estly don’t know what they would think about this cur­rent de­bate. I do know, though, that I would leave them out of the de­bate. Let them rest in peace!



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