Saturday, January 8, 2011

One Navy

The navy has evolved over its one hundred year history, and must keep evolving. But it is one navy, with one institutional memory, a fact that unfortunately gets undermined and lost everytime we rename it and disassociate it from its original, authentic, proud, noble and rightful identity - the Royal Canadian Navy.

I remain absolutely convinced that our serving and future naval men and women would find it a distinct honour and privilege to be associated, identified and reconnected with such a proud and noble legacy, and would want to be associated with the memory and deeds of our veterans, and would want to preserve their sacrifice within the institutional memory of a shared and common identity. The hundreds of messages sent by serving sailors to Senator Day indicating the preference for RCN, would seem to be evidence of just that.

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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.