reversing the previous Liberal government's practice of lowering the flag on Parliament Hill's Peace Tower to mark military deaths.
The Conservatives say they are returning to the traditional protocol of honouring fallen soldiers by lowering the Peace Tower flag only on Remembrance Day.
People are scouring any potential vehicle to honor our soldiers, and yet none of the uber-nationalists has seen fit to reprimand the Conservatives for failing to fly the flag at half-mast, whenever there is a casualty. If you want to highlight support, it seems natural to want the federal government to acknowledge the sacrifice. Why hasn't one patriot seen fit to start a petition, demanding the federal government reverse its purely political decision?
According to the Harper government (h/t Scott Tribe):
Harper, who didn't use the word "Afghanistan" in the speech, wouldn't answer reporters' questions afterwards.
Officials from the Prime Minister's Office say Harper refuses to play politics with the deaths of soldiers.
Politics are irrelevant, so it begs the question, why exactly can't we honor the fallen by lowering the flag at our national institution? Where is the petition drive? Where is the lively debate on conservative talk shows? Crickets.