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October 18, 2011

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Cq

Two points.
1) PBS in Buffalo aired a in-house two documentary recently about 1812. Probably the fairest you could ask for given their sensitivity to cross border funding.
2) As a Canuck I feel it is very important, especially for a meager $12 million. Wasteful spending is when someone tries to approve a fancy walking bridge in Toronto as being 'educational to 1812'. Our own history is shamefully rusted to the back burner of our national awareness - let alone the world's. We didn't even bother with a Korean War memorial in Ottawa until 2003.

CQ

Two points.
1) PBS in Buffalo aired an in-house two hour documentary recently about 1812. Probably the fairest you could ask for given their sensitivity to cross border funding.
2) As a Canuck I feel it is very important, especially for a meager $12 million. Wasteful spending is when someone tries to approve a fancy walking bridge in Toronto as being 'educational to 1812'. Our own history is shamefully rusted to the back burner of our national awareness - let alone the world's. We didn't even bother with a Korean War memorial in Ottawa until 2003.

Chad

Toronto residents can get PBS from Buffalo on cable and antenna, depending on signal strength, antenna, and position. So it's even more significant for that station to broadcast the documentary. Plus, a lot of the battles took place in that area.

Canadians may not know their history; Americans think they know their own, but they don't.

I don't so much mind the emphasis on history. I love history. It's that Stephen Harper is tying in a 200-year war with some quest to boost Canadian patriotism, and spending $12 million in a recession on that. His obsession about this war is a little over the top.

Can't believe I'm suggesting this but Harper should get his rich donors to put up the $12 million to boost Canada's knowledge of the War of 1812.

CQ

$12 million is only 35 cents per Canadian. Ontario teachers raised $3 million themselves in union dues to campaign for 'their contract friendly' political party.

What percentage of Cdn. students hail from households with a LOWER family income than their teacher's? 99 percent, maybe? At a guess, I would say it is probably over 75%.
How about for people that take public transit? How about those people being stopped by 6-figured state troopers in New York and New Jersey?

Rick

Why should we spend millions of dollars to celebrate ANY war? If Harper wants to play soldier. let him put on a uniform and go have fun in Afghanistan, then if he comes back he can decide if anything is worth celebrating!

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