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November 14, 2009

We will remember them.

In France , at a fairly large conference, Prime Minister Steven Harper was asked by a French cabinet minister if Canadian involvement in Afghanistan was just an example of "empire building".   Mr Harper answered by saying, 
'Over the years, Canada has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.  The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not 
return.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

A Canadian Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the Canadian, US, English, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.  Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks, but a French 
Admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, North Americans generally learn only English.  He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English at these conferences rather than speaking French?'  Without hesitating, the Canadian Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'

 You could have heard a pin drop.

When Robert Whiting, an elderly Canadian gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on at French Customs.
'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
The official replied, 'Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.'
The Canadian said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it.'
'Impossible, Monseur.  Canadians always have to show passports on arrival in France !'
The Canadian senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look.  Then he quietly explained, 'Well, when I came ashore on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchman to show a passport to.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

Very amazing answers…and very true.

Remember our veterans and those that serve today.


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  1. November 15, 2009 12:58 pm

    Some simple but elegant answers. I've repost this at The Torchhttp://toyoufromfailinghands.blogspot.com/2009/11/simple-and-to-point.html

  2. November 16, 2009 9:49 am

    As a French Citizen, living in Canada, I'm embarassed by the actions of the french officials in all your stories. My grandfathers and great-grandfather served their country and I would never think of disrespecting any of my elders, let alone a elder who helped keep my family free. I appreciate what soldiers from both countries did. Your airport recount is an example of the younger generation not thinking beyond their own noses. Kudos to the direct and just responses. Ignorance should not be an excuse for disrepect when providing a service or representing the citizens of any country as a whole.

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