Monday, August 1, 2011

6,000 Signatures!

Thank you to the six thousand veterans, family members of those currently serving and otherwise patriotic Canadians, who have now signed the petition to restore the Royal honour to the Canadian navy and air force!

I would also like to thank the almost 25,000 visitors who have been attracted to this blog, and who have collectively viewed almost 40,000 pages. This initiative has obviously attracted some very significant interest!

Thank you!


  1. I guess the $64,000 question is whether it has received significant government interest.

  2. My guess is yes it has. The Minister of Defence has responded to hundreds of letters stating that the matter is currently under consideration.

  3. Rumours are starting to mount that an announcement will be made next week.

  4. Let's hope that the rumours are true.

    I have noticed that more than 150 signatures have been added over just the last few days!

  5. Yea i was wonder about how 150 signatures appeared that fast. Also where are the rumours coming from.

  6. No mystery as to the recent spike in signatures as the Lead Petitioner sent an email to those who had previously signed highlighting the 6,000 milestone.

  7. With respect to the rumours, I have heard that the imminent announcement is rapidly becoming one of the worst kept secrets in Ottawa.

  8. The 100th anniversary Royal Canadian Navy watch – Navy League of Canada Commemorative Campaign-- which ran in 2010 --was an overwhelming success and many Canadians were able to purchase and now proudly wear RCN watches.

    We extended the campaign over Christmas but have just received our final shipment.

    This is the last opportunity to purchase the only 100th anniversary RCN commemorative watch created in the world. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip both received RCN anniversary watches presented by the Canadian Navy while they were in Halifax for the Centennial Naval Review this past summer. The watch makes the perfect gift for an individual who loves the Royal Canadian Navy and its remarkable heritage.

    The Navy League RCN anniversary watch is valued at $200. It has Seiko movements and a Speidel band is being made available for only $65 (plus shipping and handling). The campaign is fully authorized and a substantial portion of the proceeds are going to Navy League of Canada programmes and initiatives. The watch can be viewed at,

    Your assistance in considering the purchase of a watch and in communicating this wonderful offer to RCN vets and their families and, yes, to all friends of the Royal Canadian Navy, would be greatly appreciated.

    By way of context, our firm has a long and honourable history of creating watches for the Canadian military--- among our campaigns were the VE 60th anniversary watch and a unique commemorative watch to specifically honour HMCS Athabaskan as part of the VE 60th anniversary celebrations.

    We have also recently created the HMCS Haida commemorative watch (also viewed at with the active endorsement and support of " Friends of the Haida", with the goal of keeping that famous Tribal class destroyer and sistership to the tragic Athabaskan-- a vital marine legacy in Canadian naval history.

    Robin Devine

    President Time is Ticking Inc
    the Navy League of Canada
    tel 416 925 5520

  9. Hey Robin,

    I know you want to make a buck but why not support the cause of restoring the RCN and the RCAF which is what this blog is all about.

  10. The least you could do Robin is sign the petition.

  11. The CANFORGEN and MARGEN signals are out, and it's on the CBC. The good guys have won this one. Well done to the Government and God Save the Queen.

  12. What a shame that this is deemed important while veterans rights and supports are being withdrawn. How much will this end up costing us, while benefits are limited and those in need go without.
    There is no honour in this while ex-service personnel are cut adrift. Money for cosmetics but not for the wounded.

  13. This is important what are you talking about! changing the names wont cost a lot and it is about time. This shouldn't have happened in the first place.

  14. Stationary, signs, insignia, uniforms etc. You are kidding me aren't you anonymous. This will cost a packet and is purely a cosmetic measure. It will ensure that those who really don't want to help actual damaged service personnel still get votes from those for whom this is a gesture to the past.
    So now you can see an R in front of navy and airforce, but will you see the veterans whose benefits have been cut? Sellout doesn't quite cover it.

  15. lol why are you on this website?

  16. 6242 people disagree with you!

  17. Why do people have to be such douchebags? You must have voted NDP.

  18. God Save Her Majesty The Queen!

  19. So no real answer to the questions except a desire to live in an echo chamber.
    Is this one of those astro-turf sites that claims to be run by the people but is a Tory front, so they can hide their abuse of recent veterans with injuries?

  20. I understand they've change the names of the services back, but not the full rank structure (especially for RCAF). Finish the job!

  21. nobody is saying to not support veterans. On the contrary give them all the support they need. This site is about a petition to bring back history plain and simple.

  22. Yes anonymous but it seems like this campaign has had more effort put into it than the campaign to look after veterans rights and being the cheap option the Harper party went for it.
    It is a bauble to placate the easily placated old timers in the Legion and to enable them to continue voting for the very anti-veteran Harper and Co. Which they will do.
    As a third generation soldier I am seriously considering not renewing my Legion membership. It appears that cosmetic improvements receive more attention than helping the real life needy.
    The Legion appears to be for folk more interested in ribbons, feathers and bright shiny objects, not helping those suffering today. If you can all have your votes bought by the word Royal while those you vote for dump on those in need, you are not my comrades.
    Make no bones about it you were bought cheaply.

  23. Harebell,

    It is not a case of one or the other.

    Veterans do indeed deserve the country's full support.

    This website only presented a successful petition to correct what we thought was a terrible wrong.

    Perhaps you should set up your own petition if wish to advance the cause for an improvement in Veteran rights. If you do I will gladly sign it.

  24. You're right its not a case of either or, it's a case of this is all you're gonna get, take it and go away.
    So you took it and went away. The Legion should be at the vanguard of protecting vets, that is why they are there, but baubles and shiny things seem to matter more.
    Now they can continue to vote Harper while pointing to their "great" success.
    If losing the throw back tag "Royal" was a terrible wrong, the description you give for the cutting off medical benefits to vets must be as earthy as heck.

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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.