Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thank you, Senator Day!

Conservative or Liberal, Senator Day (Liberal) is my kind of Senator. Here's a nice personal note he sent me on November 29, 2010 after I sent him and Senator Plett our 384 page petition. The petition came in very handy that day, as all of the testimony heard up to that point from our beloved admirals falsely suggested nobody wanted a return to the RCN.

And then the flood gates opened and our emails started poring in....

Dear Mr. Smith,

Thank you for all your help and resources, they will come in very handy at tonight's committee. Those opposed to naming the navy the Royal Canadian Navy are arguing that it is mostly retired serving personnel that would like to see it the RCN, while also arguing that such a designation does not reverberate with today's serving personnel. I am doing all I can to convince them otherwise as I feel that even today's servicemen and women would like to be associated with such a rich history, as well as be able to carry on this legacy.

I again thank you for your help, your continued support in this endeavour is greatly appreciated.

Yours Truly,
Joseph A. Day


-----Original Message-----

Dear Senator Day,

As a fellow RMC grad, I just want to congratulate you for your support on restyling the navy with the royal prefix. We have more than 5000 petition signatures that agree with your position on the matter.

This is not a step back but a move forward from the mistakes of the past.

In any event, bravo zulu.

Fraternal regards,
Michael J. Smith
Restore the Honour
Campaign to restore the Royal designation to the Canadian navy and air force.

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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.