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Published on Apr 27, 2007
On the 2007 anniversary of the Canadian victory in Vimy (France), Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a speech in which he added that Canadian soldiers "still live in a dangerous world and, as prime minister, my thoughts these days are never far from Afghanistan." The comment drew fire from those who, for various reasons, believe that the commemoration of soldiers at Vimy should not be combined with a consideration of the soldiers currently fighting in Afghanistan. Chief among them were pacifists, who regard the commemoration of Vimy as the commemoration of nothing more than the deaths of thousands of Canadians, as though to imply that the successful effort at Vimy ought never to have been made.
On April 16, 2007, FP's Paul McKeever and the MacKenzie Institute's John Thompson discussed the meaning of Vimy, and its relation to current efforts by Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, and took aim at the pacifists, in particular.