Hampson: Does the ‘royal’ rebranding of the Canadian Forces have a wider meaning?

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August 22, 2011
Margaret McCuaig-Johnston
Fellow, University of Ottawa's Institute of Science, Society and Policy
Yasmine Mehdi
Journaliste canadienne présentement basée à Londres, au Royaume-Uni
Zahra Nader
Former reporter for The New York Times in Afghanistan

Harper has put the Royal jelly back into the Canadian Armed Forces in response to pressures from veterans and other groups. Her Majesty’s portrait also adorns the front lobby of the Lester B. Pearson building on what is now dubbed “the sovereign wall.” History and Canada’s traditions clearly matter a lot to this government. Will the Canadian Red Ensign, our flag before 1965, be resurrected next to replace the Maple Leaf, a Pearson-Liberal creation that was much derided at the time, but which Canadians have grown to accept if not love?