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CONTRIBUTION · 10th November 2011
Mike Ross
I had urged (make that STRONGLY urged) the singing of our National Anthem at the start of our "All Candidates Forum" and was obviously denied.

Ironic that we find time at the beginning of sporting events but not at a gathering which is part of the process of exercising our Democratic Rights.
More irony in the fact that we could find hundreds of minutes to discuss what divides us but not 55 seconds for something very special that unites us in belief and purpose.

Among the lessons learned (in addition to being painfully reminded that my public speaking skills need some work) is the fact that "packaging" isn't always an indication of the quality of the product within.

We are angered when we discover elected officials throwing tax dollars at special interest groups or close friends and business associates with no apparent concern for the views of the majority.

We are angered when massive opposition to projects like the Enbridge pipeline is given no consideration by our politicians.

It is another thing, altogether, for a prospective elected official to openly admit in a campaign that he or she would defy the will of the majority if given the opportunity.

Whether or not you believe in the cause, you need to be alarmed at the implications for Democracy.

I am undeterred and will redouble my efforts to bring the message that people must have the final say.
Lesli.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 17th November 2011
You made my heart soar, sat me down, put a smile on my face, and made me speechless. Thankyou for your substantial dose of good medicine.
Maybe The Words Were Forgotten?
Comment by Lesli on 14th November 2011
Not an excuse..perhaps a reason? C'mon everyone..just practise for the next time!! Learn this in a real Native language..for fun!

Official English Official French Inuktitut (unofficial)

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.


ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ!
ᓇᖕᒥᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ!
ᐱᖁᔭᑏ ᓇᓚᑦᑎᐊᖅᐸᕗᑦ.
ᐊᖏᒡᓕᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᑎ,
ᓴᙱᔪᓗᑎᓪᓗ.
ᓇᖏᖅᐳᒍ, ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ,
ᒥᐊᓂᕆᑉᓗᑎ.
ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ! ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊ!
ᓇᖏᖅᐳᒍ ᒥᐊᓂᕆᑉᓗᑎ,
ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ, ᓴᓚᒋᔭᐅᖁᓇ!
O'Canada
Comment by dawna on 12th November 2011
Was pleased at the positive response and all those who sang O'Canada at the Youth Dialogue today....it was a wonderful opportunity to talk to all the candidates and really get to know them...much more effective, I believe than some of the more formal all candidates forums...
To the Nominees....no worries....
Comment by Maggie Jo on 11th November 2011
To all the nominated members of our upcoming Municipal election: RELAX! No worries.

It wasn't your fault without knowing that the organizers of the forum didn't feel the need to sing our precious National Anthem prior to a Municipal Electional Forum; only a few mere days before Remembrance Day.

We can learn from our mistakes and move forward....heh?

No worries. We hosted the singing to our National Anthem in our own private home in the interim; as we did again today during today's Remembrance Day Event.

But, thx for responding to this article with your disgust in this regard. And thx to Merv for saying he was "embarrased" for not realizing that in the first place. Nice!

Let's just move forward from here with the "cross" of our shortcomings to make sure we make ammends to ensure that our future is bright!
I wish I'd known too
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 11th November 2011
I didn't know until after the fact either, when Mike told me. I gladly would have used 1 minute of my opening to honour this request by Mike. Had I known in advance I would have tied to get Maggy to come and sing it.

Organizers, I hope you are reading this. A request such as this represents each of us and should have been honoured. I don't think anyone would have frowned at an extra minute for this. Some things should just be a requirement.
I wish I knew this had happened
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 11th November 2011
I did not hear about this decision being made until this article was posted. If I had been part of the process, had heard even the mention, I would have certainly agreed the anthem should have opened the gathering. I am embarrased I didn't think of it first.
a decision we did not make...
Comment by Dave Pernarowski on 11th November 2011
This is just to clarify that the political candidates at the all candidates forum did not decide we should not sing the National Anthem...this was a decision by the organizers of the event. I agree with Mr. Ross that there was no good reason to deny this request.
So far.....a synopsis from Tsimshian Territory.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 10th November 2011
There are a few things all us disgruntled people agree on:
- we are equal.
- election day is on Nov. 19.
- we all have things to offer, and things you will all reject.
- we love Terrace.
- we are proud, grateful and happy to all be duking it out with eachother in CANADA.
- it is better here than in Prince Rupert (heh, heh)
- racism is a mental disorder found in all nations of the world.
- we all love to sing Oh Canada!
- we are making progress, and I am proud to be from Terrace. Why wah!
Yes they are dictators
Comment by Anon on 10th November 2011
We do not need permission to sing O Canada from any elected or wannabe elected leader . Just start singing and don't stop . I don't think there are enough on any panel to drown out we the majority . Thanks for shinning a light on these uncanadians. It seems like all our politicos have become globalist from the top to the very bottom . I guess they would be okay with singing" the international" .
shame
Comment by dawna on 10th November 2011
Shame on us that we must feel so "politically correct" that we allow our Anthem to be dismissed so casually. What I don't understand, is just where does this so-called political correctness come from??? Good for your son, Maggy Jo...he's a true and proud Canadian!!
Even my teenaged son had the gumpshun...
Comment by Maggie Jo on 10th November 2011
Even my teenaged son had the nerve to put himself "out there" to sing our National Anthem amongst his peers at a school function today for the Remembrance Day school gathering. It wasn't easy for him, but he offered to do so.

When the time comes when even our National Anthem is not tolerated, it's time for us to step back and ponder on what the heck we're doing that is more important than starting an official political gathering when our National Anthem has been "shut down" from having a place in that type of setting.

You're kidding me, right?!

As Remembrance Day is tomorrow...kindly consider humming our National Anthem in your head to at LEAST try to remember what that anthem is all about and what it represents.
Service
Comment by Chris Gee on 10th November 2011
Singing the National Anthem would have been a great start to the forum. It make sense that the suggestion to do so would come from an individual who understands the value of service. Thank you for your hard work and your commitment to democracy and the democratic process. Your words, during the forum, resonated with me.
O Canada
Comment by dawna on 10th November 2011
Couldn't agree with you more, Mr. Ross...maybe love and respect for our country portrayed by the singing of our National Anthem strengthens with age...I too, am a senior and have grown up standing proud when our Anthem is sung...
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the All Candidates Meeting, but thanks to Merv, haved watched it on this site...and must say Mr. Ross, you have my total respect because you speak from the heart....don't ever stop...