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Support troops theme causes social group to drop float from Canada Day parade
National Post (Canada) ^ | Saturday, July 01, 2006 | Dirk Meissner

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at canada.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2cleansetheshire; anothervintagewhine; canada; canadaday; militaryparade; mywayorelse; soreleftistlosers; terror; time2cleanse; traitors; troops; waaaaaaa
Incredible!
1 posted on 07/01/2006 4:59:06 PM PDT by FreedomCalls
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To: FreedomCalls

Nah, not incredible. These people are trying to make it another Vietnam -- replete with a deep hatred of the troops.


2 posted on 07/01/2006 5:00:14 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999 !!!)
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To: FreedomCalls
... one less float ...

See Ya ...

3 posted on 07/01/2006 5:00:44 PM PDT by TexGuy
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To: FreedomCalls

We know where the left stands. They do not support our troops, period. Question their patriotism? They don't have any.


4 posted on 07/01/2006 5:07:02 PM PDT by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: FreedomCalls

And stay out!


5 posted on 07/01/2006 5:09:33 PM PDT by AntiGovernment (A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.)
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To: FreedomCalls

Eff them and the Horse they rode in on.


6 posted on 07/01/2006 5:13:31 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: AntiGovernment
What is it going to take, Victoria being blown off the map? How sad is it to have to say that YES, it might take tens of thousands of people being dead for PC /Lefty / Socialist to wake up. They think they are inoculated from it all by bashing USA / Patriotic thought. I have bad news for these lost souls.
7 posted on 07/01/2006 5:15:59 PM PDT by DAC22
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To: FreedomCalls
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.

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.

8 posted on 07/01/2006 5:45:17 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Twenty years in the Navy. Never drunk on duty - never sober on liberty)
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To: FreedomCalls
American-dominated military theme

They are supporting Canadian troops, not Americans, you jerks!

9 posted on 07/01/2006 5:55:57 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: GMMAC; fanfan; Clive


10 posted on 07/01/2006 6:25:32 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Yay! It's Riding Season!)
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To: FreedomCalls
Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities

Candy-assed socialists.

Good riddance.

11 posted on 07/01/2006 6:47:01 PM PDT by Fido969 ("being an arrogant, self-important jerk is a prerequisite for becoming a university administrator.")
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To: Unam Sanctam
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.

12 posted on 07/01/2006 6:54:43 PM PDT by Fido969 ("being an arrogant, self-important jerk is a prerequisite for becoming a university administrator.")
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To: FreedomCalls

I doubt that the puppet float will even be missed...


13 posted on 07/01/2006 6:55:12 PM PDT by telebob
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To: telebob

The puppet strings are obviously held by the Liberal/Al Qaeda/Democrat/Eurotwit Coalition.


14 posted on 07/01/2006 8:00:24 PM PDT by Stallone (Mainstream Media is dead. I helped kill it.)
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To: FreedomCalls
Doesn't take much to set them off, does it? A tee-shirt, oh the horror, the horror...

Guess they were already bummed out over the fact that Canada still has a military.

15 posted on 07/01/2006 9:25:33 PM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Mass immigration and mass indoctrination of illegals is the current marxist strategy to gain power.)
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To: Lazamataz; FreedomCalls

<< Nah, not incredible. These people are trying to make it another Vietnam -- replete with a deep hatred of the troops. >>

News!

Read all about it!

Self-loathing Canadians envy and hate us!

Pope turns out to be Catholic!

Bears .... in the woods!


16 posted on 07/01/2006 9:28:56 PM PDT by Brian Allen (As for me -- Give me Liberty -- or give me death!)
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To: fanfan; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...
"We'll show the public: we'll pull our publicly funded float !!!"

Typical leftist hissy-fit stupidity.
17 posted on 07/02/2006 4:39:11 AM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: Squawk 8888; GMMAC
The Oceanside Coalition, formed in 2002, is concerned about what it believes is a weakening of Canadian social and environmental programs by all levels of government.

Barf!

18 posted on 07/02/2006 4:46:18 AM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: DAC22

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.


19 posted on 07/02/2006 4:56:06 AM PDT by EBH (We're too PC to understand WAR has been declared upon us and the enemy is within.)
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To: Brian Allen
Amazing! An Allen assessment absent abnormal amounts of annoying alliteration. ;~D

Happy Independence Day, BA

20 posted on 07/02/2006 5:46:38 AM PDT by kanawa (Freaking panty wetting, weakspined bliss-ninny socialist punks)
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To: kanawa; Brian Allen

... and no blanket statements either. : )

As for the group's pulling of their float ... what a load.


21 posted on 07/02/2006 5:58:26 AM PDT by NorthOf45
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To: FreedomCalls

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!!!


22 posted on 07/02/2006 6:30:46 AM PDT by exg
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To: FreedomCalls
Here's the web site of the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce. There's a page on the parade but I didn't see anything about online T-shirt sales which is too bad.
23 posted on 07/02/2006 5:55:22 PM PDT by Heatseeker
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