The Harperites promised Canada's Afghan Veterans a National Day of Honour. But they're not going to pay for it. Tim Harper writes:
Corporate Canada and True Patriot Love, the charitable foundation that is raising the money to get families to the capital to be properly honoured, deserve credit.
They have stepped in to allow the Harper government to do this on the cheap.
The highlight for families arriving in Ottawa will be a private breakfast with Prime Minister Stephen
Harper and other VIPs, with corporate donations of $10,000 or more guaranteeing your company prime signage and related advertising for the event.
Companies will foot the bill -- and, for their charity, they will get to advertise. The model comes straight out of the Jerry Lewis School of Fundraising:
Why would this government simply not decide that, on behalf of Canadians, they would tell these families, ‘You lost a loved one, you paid the ultimate price, we will pay to get you here so your loved one can be properly honoured by a grateful country?’
According to Harper’s chief spokesperson, the government was answering a corporate call.
Jason MacDonald said there was a “tremendous appetite” from corporate Canada to participate in this day.
“This allows them to touch the families of those who have paid the ultimate price, in a direct way,’’ MacDonald said.
The Harper government -- for all of its hype -- has treated Canada's soldiers as cannon fodder. And they have debased the notion of charity to boot. All of this is done in support of one of the cornerstones of Harperism: Someone else will pick up the tab -- financial, social, environmental.
And the government gets a Get Out Of Jail card in the bargain.