Liberal Minister’s Silence Regarding

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Monday, August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016


For Immediate Release


Liberal Minister’s Silence Regarding Honour 100 is Inexcusable




Following widespread criticism surrounding the treatment of the Newfoundland and Labrador delegation at the Honour 100 event in Europe, Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, is calling on the Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development to publicly address the claims that our province was not given the respect it deserves.




"No event in Newfoundland and Labrador's long history has greater significance than the sacrifices made during World War I, particularly at Beaumont-Hamel on July 1, 1916. Our province had been preparing for years to ensure the sacrifices of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians were appropriately commemorated at the centennial event; anything less is inexcusable and requires clarification from the Minister.”




"The president of our province’s Command of the Royal Canadian Legion has expressed deep concern over this matter. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians deserve more than a social media post from the provincial Minister in attendance. The centennial of Beaumont-Hamel was an event of great significance to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Continuing reports that the Newfoundland and Labrador Flag was not flown at the ceremony, a Newfoundland and Labrador government representative was not invited to speak at the ceremony, and the Legion's Newfoundland and Labrador Command was not given a key role by the federal government in organizing the event are astonishing and require immediate explanation," said Davis.




"It was the responsibility of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to demand the proper recognition of the sacrifices of fallen Newfoundlanders and Labradorians at this event. There was ample lead time to ensure the event would place Newfoundland and Labrador front and centre, to ensure a place was provided for our Flag to be flown, to ensure our provincial Command of the Legion was directly involved and to ensure that a government official of this province was able to speak for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.




"The onus was on the provincial Liberal government to take the lead in ensuring Newfoundland and Labrador was front and centre in this ceremony to honour the many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who sacrificed so much at the site a century ago. Events of this magnitude are planned in great detail long beforehand, so why was the provincial Liberal government so hands-off and unwilling to question why the province they govern wasn’t being shown the respect it so rightfully deserves?"




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