Skip to comments.Support troops theme causes social group to drop float from Canada Day parade
Posted on 07/01/2006 4:59:04 PM PDT by FreedomCalls
VICTORIA (CP) - The annual Canada Day parade in the seaside community of Parksville will have one less float Saturday because a local group opposes what it calls the American-dominated military theme of this year's parade.
The decision by parade organizer, the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce, to sell T-shirts with the message Support Our Troops has started an ideological war of words in this normally tranquil tourism and retirement community located about 150 kilometres northeast of Victoria.
The decision to sell T-shirts, for $10 each, was made to raise money to offset parade costs and send a message to Canadians serving in the military that people in Parksville were thinking about them on Canada Day, said chamber president Cheryl Dill on Tuesday.
But the Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities says the T-shirts are an open endorsement of American military policy, which many Canadians do not support even though Canadian troops are stationed in Afghanistan.
The coalition had no choice but to pull its float - a puppet show popular with children - in protest from the Parksville parade, spokesman Rick Sullivan said.
"That phrase has become associated with the uncritical, unthinking, blind support of the American position in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said. "It isn't just a folksy saying any more. If they wanted us to be thinking of the troops, perhaps that's what the T-shirts should say."
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Nah, not incredible. These people are trying to make it another Vietnam -- replete with a deep hatred of the troops.
See Ya ...
We know where the left stands. They do not support our troops, period. Question their patriotism? They don't have any.
And stay out!
Eff them and the Horse they rode in on.
Bravo, good for them, and I mean that. They stuck to their principals. There's a lot of pansy groups out there that when faced with a situation like this would resort to some kind of legal action that would screw everyone.
They are supporting Canadian troops, not Americans, you jerks!
These are exactly the same crowd that spits on soldiers when they see them in the street. This sentiment runs deep in the liberals, and they have been working overtime to try and cover it up in the US because when it is exposed it shows the to be the truly vile people that they are.
I doubt that the puppet float will even be missed...
The puppet strings are obviously held by the Liberal/Al Qaeda/Democrat/Eurotwit Coalition.
Guess they were already bummed out over the fact that Canada still has a military.
<< Nah, not incredible. These people are trying to make it another Vietnam -- replete with a deep hatred of the troops. >>
Read all about it!
Self-loathing Canadians envy and hate us!
Pope turns out to be Catholic!
Bears .... in the woods!
The bad news is:
When that happens, again, the left will still call it our own fault. They will not see it as an enemy attacking the very values they espouse. Instead it will be that we escalated the problems to the point we were attacked again.
Happy Independence Day, BA
... and no blanket statements either. : )
As for the group's pulling of their float ... what a load.
In a way, this is good news. The "offended" group pulled its float. The parade organisers did not give in and pull the t-shirts and beg forgiveness for offending this group--(which is probably what would happen in Toronto)--they stuck with the plan of selling the t-shirts with the "support our troops" logo---good for them!!!
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