Standing on guard hollowed out

Niagara Falls, Ontario - Saturday, November 9, 2002 - by: Joe Hueglin


"Oh Canada" is not a nationalistic anthem. Canada is not proclaimed as "the home of
  the brave", or "ruling the waves'", nor being "Uber Alles". Rather Canada is asked to


inspire "true patriot love"."Oh Canada" is a hymn interceding with the Almighty to .
  "keep our land glorious and free"
  Anticipated reductions ending our navy's ability to supply itself independently (1), our air


force's incapacity to transport our army and our coast guard vessels docked for want of


fuel (2) leaving our coasts open to drug smuggling and illegal immigration are making
  our promise that "Oh Canada we stand on guard for thee" ever more hollow.
  Canada is a "glorious" land still, though just how free, when increasingly we rely on
  others to "stand on guard", is a question that must be faced.


Joe Hueglin



McCalllum admits to navy cuts, November 7, 2002,


Coast guard orders its vessels to limit saling to save on fuel, November 7, 2002, Canadian Press


Navy eyes patrol cuts to reduce expenses, says MP, November 9, 2002 Victoria Times Colonist



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