Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Navy says it didn't shut down name change campaign

Reverse chill - the leadership of the Navy put on the defensive. This is very good news for our campaign:

OTTAWA – The head of Canada’s navy says he never squashed efforts by former sailors to rename the naval forces the Royal Canadian Navy.

Canada’s navy is officially called Maritime Command, but some former sailors had hoped the government would change its name back to the Royal Canadian Navy during its centennial celebration this year.

“Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, chief of the maritime staff, has not provided any direction to the Naval Officers Association Canada (NOAC) regarding the proposed named change for Maritime Command,” said Jennifer Eckersley, a spokeswoman with the Department of National Defence.

But senators heard conflicting testimony Monday that suggested the navy had told NOAC not to campaign for the royal designation.

“The navy has sort of said to the Naval Officers' Association of Canada: Do not push it. We have bigger fish to fry and we do not want to get everybody upset about something that we can live without,” retired Comdr. Chris Thain, the association’s Winnipeg branch president, testified.

“The message that was passed down to us sitting around the table at national meetings was: Please don’t (push for the designation). We are trying to support what the navy wants,” Thain told QMI Agency Tuesday. “They didn’t want to cause a controversy.”

Thain said he “wouldn’t mind” going back to the Royal Canadian Navy, but he knows many Second World War vets would love to see the name come back.

Canadian Forces spokesman Capt. Dave Scanlon said the navy had passed “no such direction” to the NAOC, which is outside its chain of command.

“The navy is not empowered to pass to such direction down, nor would it try to,” he said, adding that at present, the navy’s focus “is on building ships.”


  1. Now is the time!

    Everyone take a few minutes to send an email to the Senate Defence Committee members.

    The iron is hot!

    The political will can only exist if you write!

  2. I don't think the problem is that the naval staff told the Naval Officers Association or the Navy League to be quiet on the issue. I think the problem is that these organizations, with retired admirals at the top, went to the navy first to see what the Chief of Maritime Staff thought and took their cue from that. Pretty sad.


The Petition moves along...

May 1: Laurie Hawn, M.P. agrees to support petition
April 30: Sent draft petition to The Dominion Institute to seek their sponsorship
April 28: Sent draft petition to Captain(N) Pickingford, Project Manager, Canadian Navy Centennial Project
April 27: Sent petition to Blaine Barker of the Royal Canadian Naval Association and Bob Nixon of the Naval Officer's Association of Canada and Peter Dawe, Executive Director of the RMC Club
April 26: The Monarchist League of Canada members are supportive
April 25: Interesting - even heated - debate over at the Navy, Army, Air Force Forum, where the "Yeas" have it by a two-thirds majority.