Thursday, November 12, 2009

Commander-in-chief-watch

The blurring of the roles continues from the presidential wannabe administration of Stephen Harper. A bit of a follow-up to the post this morning where we took a moment to affirm the Governor General's role as commander-in-chief in the wake of Jean's donning of a military uniform yesterday at Remembrance Day ceremonies.

This afternoon, courtesy of Kady O'Malley, she points out this press release from the Prime Minister's Office, "PM honours troops with Sacrifice Medal," where it is carefully worded to read that the Prime Minister "...participated in the inaugural presentations of the newly-created Sacrifice Medal at Rideau Hall." The Governor General presented the medals, notes O'Malley, yet you'd never know it from the impression conveyed by the Prime Minister's press release. The very title of the release - and the picture they chose - is clearly meant to suggest that Harper gave out the medals.

He's not the commander-in-chief, period, and they should stop mucking about with our symbols.

A video reminder from the summer of that other high profile effort by the Prime Minister to usurp the role of the Governor General: