On our 11th hour of the 11th day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will likely be asleep

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On our 11th hour of the 11th day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will likely be asleep

Post by Accer on Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:12 pm

One should not visit the sins of the father upon the son, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now off to Vietnam, flying there in the slipstream of U.S. President Donald Trump’s own trip.

This means Trudeau will not be at the War Memorial in Ottawa on Saturday, or placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, when our world stops for a few brief moments on Remembrance Day to honour the sacrifices made by past and present generations to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today.

This troubles me to no end.

I have tried to shake the mental image of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, our PM’s father, riding his motorcycle around Montreal during the Second World War, and wearing a German military helmet from the war that would supposedly end all wars, all when old enough to take up arms like my father did, and his brothers, too.

But it’s been impossible.

As former British High Commissioner Lord Moran wrote of Pierre Trudeau as he was leaving Ottawa in 1984, “With some reason, he has not been greatly respected or trusted in London.

“He has never entirely shaken off his past as a well-to-do hippie and draft dodger.”

So, forgive me if I cannot fully separate the father from the son. Justin Trudeau should be in Ottawa at the War Memorial on Saturday, not in Vietnam. Not in the Philippines.

A few days ago, my late father Matt would have celebrated his 99th birthday. Instead he has been dead since 1980.

He went to war, signed up with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and somehow survived many missions with Bomber Command as the allied forces rained bombs on German military installations, and endured never-ending Flak from the ground.

His cousin Daniel, from a neighbouring farm in the southern Saskatchewan town of Torquay, was not so lucky.

There is a lake in northeastern Saskatchewan — Bonokoski Lake — named in his memory, but his remains lie forever buried in the British War Cemetery in Berlin.

He was 23 when his plane was shot out of the sky.

What mattered to his family back in Saskatchewan was word that he had received Holy Communion on the morning of his last mission.

This gave his devout Roman Catholic family some solace.

Perhaps this is something Governor General Julie Payette, now commander-in-chief of our forces, should keep in mind when she lays her wreath on Remembrance Day amid all those prayers that she believes are deemed foolish by science.

A recent poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada has found that 37% of millennials plan to personally attend a ceremony this year to honour our fallen.

This is the demographic that Justin Trudeau wrapped up in his pursuit to become prime minister, yet he will not be among them on Saturday when the bugles blow at cenotaphs across the country.

There is something very wrong about this.

According to Historica’s CEO, Anthony Wilson-Smith, veterans telling the horrors of their wars to Canadian students over the last decade have had an impact on millennials.

“(They’re) more aware of our place in the world,” he told CP. “And that translates into a greater appreciation of sacrifice.”

If our somewhat older prime minister is “more aware of our place in the world,” and has a “greater appreciation of sacrifice,” then he should be home on Remembrance Day.

Instead, on our 11th hour of the 11th day, it will be nearing midnight a half a world away in Vietnam and the Philippines.

And Trudeau will likely be in bed.

markbonokoski@gmail.com

http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/1106-bonokoski

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Post by Trooper on Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:03 pm

It does not surprise me that the PM would be out of the Country on Remembrance day. He had his photo ops last Remembrance day, now he can spread the photo ops across Asia. After all, he is the photo op guy!

We won't miss him!
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Post by JAFO on Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:11 pm

Hey now wait one minute JT had his dramatic moment on stage this past weekend at the Beechwood Cemetery for the Passchendale Centenary.  Very touching pics and the speech of respecting and helping veterans....It was almost believable.

But here's a crazy idea.....how about having a WWII vet lay the wreath this year?
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