The rally to support all our troops overseas and their families was quite impressive. I would estimate 3-5,000 people (but I'm hardly an expert). Not bad considering that almost all the advance publicity was done by one media outlet: CFRA, Ottawa.http://www.cfra.com/red-fridays/index.asp?id=8
Prime Minister Harper gave one of the most impassioned speeches I have heard from him. He pointedly stressed that our journalists only have their press freedom as a result of the sacrifices of our military--an obvious reference to these famous lines:
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
By Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC
The prime minister also usefully re-empasized the UN mandate for the forces in Afghanistan.
Messrs Graham and Dosjanh from the Liberals were there along with Peter Stoffer from the NDP (good on him).http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/527114.html
A sea of red.
Earlier in the morning MND O'Connor and Gen. Hillier were interviewed on CFRA--audio here:http://www.cfra.com/chum_audio/SM-O-CON.mp3http://www.cfra.com/chum_audio/SM-HILLI.mp3