10 September 2008

Lest we forget, Mr Harper?

A pre-election ad showed Stephen Harper talking about veterans and how much we owe them. Harper and his government have tied themselves strongly to the military, and backed military involvement in Afghanistan with substantial expenditures.

The political ad starts by showing the famous slogan "Lest we forget."

However, given actions of the Harper government toward Canadian history, one could be excused for questioning Harper's sincerity.

People who want to learn about their relatives, or those from their community, who served in past wars find some of the best information preserved in the pages of newspapers, especially local newspapers. Cutting $11.7 million from the Canadian Memory Project, and other funds that support newspaper digitization as the Harper government has done, is at odds with making real that other well known phrase "we will remember them."

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