The stretch of Highway 401 running from Trenton, Ont., to Toronto will be officially renamed the Highway of Heroes in remembrance of Canada's fallen soldiers.
Ontario's provincial government consulted the federal government, municipalities along the highway and the Royal Canadian Legion about the name change on Friday.
The highway will not lose its official designation at the MacDonald-Cartier Freeway, but signs will be erected designating the route as the Highway of Heroes.
The design of the signs has yet to be determined.
Expressions of support are breaking out everywhere, but pardon my cynicism, this idea reeks of cheesy nationalism and political opportunism. Just watch, as other jurisdictions try to out-patriot the lastest move, in a way that is frankly so American.
Everyone supports the troops, I haven't heard of any commentary that attacks or defames the military directly. If you want to express support, write a letter to the troops in Afghanistan, attend a rally, raise money for a memorial, put the flag at half mask, etc. How the renaming of a highway is relevant escapes me, as a matter of fact it seems hollow. What's next, everytime the terrible news comes home, we decide to shut the highway down for an hour, as a sign of respect? Will the uber-patriots litter the sides of the highways with ribbons and other expressions of support? It's a highway, it has no symbolism, other than the fact people have to drive it to get an autopsy. It's a highway, it's just a road. Sorry if I offend.