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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:51 am    Post subject: 2 Toronto councillors vote against Afghan war memorial Reply with quote

( pathetic story out of Toronto , although the vote to build the memorial passed , 2 lefty city councillors actually voted against it , really shameful )

2 Toronto councillors vote against Afghan war memorial

Toronto councillors Gord Perks (L) and Kristyn Wong-Tam voted against a proposed monument to honour...

Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun
Feb 2, 2017
, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

TORONTO - A proposed monument to honour Afghanistan war veterans has raised the ire of some city councillors.

City council voted 37-2 this week to create the memorial with the help of Canada Company, a registered charity which helps find ways to honour the sacrifice of veterans.

The charity will donate a decommissioned LAVIII light-armoured personal carrier for use as a monument. It will be placed in a public space in the city at a yet-to-be determined location.

But the project has its critics: Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Gord Perks both voted against it.

Wong-Tam said while she isn’t opposed to war memorials, or honouring the sacrifice of veterans, she’d rather not do that with a “war machine.”

“I think there’s a difference between recognizing the personal sacrifices made by men and women who serve in the armed forces and I think there’s a way to do it without the promotion of the instruments of war,” she said.

Perks said he opposed the resolution because there are no clear rules around the establishment of monuments.

His vote was not an anti-war gesture, but about expressing frustration at the grandstanding that goes on with these kinds of motions which often contain little information or research, he said.

“If we want to talk about the role of the Canadian Forces, and how we acknowledge them, surely they deserve better than a shabby motion that someone typed up overnight and a 30-second vote,” he said.

Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong slammed Wong-Tam and Perks, insisting the vote should have been unanimous to show support for Canadian troops.

“I’m embarrassed it was not unanimous,” he said. “I think the vast majority of Toronto is 100% behind our war veterans.”

Deputy Mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker said the LAVIII is a “very dramatic symbol.”

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