Navy Appreciation Day

MPs hit a special reception with navy officers for Navy Appreciation Day. Newfoundland Liberal MP Siobhan Cody (centre).

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(Left to right) Tory Senator Hugh Segal, Jay Paxton, the press secretary to Defence Minister Peter Mackay, and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

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Kenney with Commander Angus Topshee.

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Irene Mathyssen, MP for London-Fanshawe (right).

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Manitoba Conservative MP Shelly Glover (left).

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Quebec Liberal MP Denis Coderre.

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NDP Defence Critic Dawn Black.

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General Walter Natynczyk (left) with Bloc MP Claude Bachand.

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Cheese navy style!

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Navy Appreciation Day

    • Probably about one hundredth of a penny.

      • I am willing to defend this kind of spending. Yeah the optics are bad – nice wine and cheese in the middle of a recession. The point of these things is networking – MP’s come and make connections they might not otherwise make. That makes them more effective public servants, because it means they have personal relationships with folks in (in this case) the navy, as well as other MP’s (bipartisanship is good, right?). The cocktail circuit is all about social capital

    • I’m with Robert on this one. I mean, I’m all for appreciating the men and women who serve in our armed forces, but you’re telling me that they were given both wine and cheese!?!?

      That’s just shameful.

      Sure they do a great service for the country, and often put their lives at risk for us, but come on. Give ‘em a little wine or give ‘em a little cheese. But both??? What? Are we made of money?

  1. The CDS and Cmdr. Topshee were the only servicemembers who were named in the captions. I doubt the rest were shy; I wonder why their names weren’t recorded and published? Too low in rank to matter; not important like the politicos? Mere walking props and window dressing for the photo op I reckon. A great pity for the families of those folks from my perspective.
    My apologies if there was a military policy dictum not to do so, but then shame on them.

    • Lobbyists often prefer to remain nameless.

      • Kinda like blog commentors, eh? LOL

        Why we jump to the conclusion that these wonderful men and women in uniform should be called “lobbyists” is totally beyond me. This was a Navy Appreciation Day. This event was put on FOR the Navy, not BY the Navy. I rather assume that those invited (beyond the “big wigs”) are Navy service people who have recently served in dangerous missions, or performed some exemplary service or other.

        I’m all for blithely slandering our politicians, but I draw the line at taking cheap shots at the uniformed personnel of our armed forces without any good reason.

          • That seems like one hell of a cheap shot, given that the sexual assault rate is higher in the general population than in the armed forces. The study found less than 50 incidents per year out of 120,000 personnel (64,000 regular force, 26,000 reserves and 30,000 civilian personnel). Granted, there are a handful of bad apples unworthy of the uniform, but why should we let them overshadow the 99.7% who fully deserve our praise and respect?

          • Call it what you like. Either way it’s one man’s opinion. I’m not dissing the people in the services. They should be respected for what they are. But let’s not make them what they aren’t. If we all admired them as much as we say we do we’d be paying them a hell of a lot more for their services.

          • Has it ever struck you that the reason the CF is admired as much as they do is because they are not payed enormous amounts for dangerous jobs? But they still sign up to defend us all?

          • “I’m not dissing the people in the services. They should be respected for what they are”.

            Wow. It’s like you didn’t even read your initial post while you were typing it. “Respected for what they are”??? Do you mean “lobbyists”? ‘Cause that’s what you called them.

            And when someone calls you one it you, you bring out a study on sexual assault in the military???

            Just… wow.

            I wasn’t even aware before this post that there was a Navy Appreciation Day, but clearly it’s sorely needed. One can’t even post on a blog about it without the comments turning it in to “Navy Bashing Day”

  2. Niagra plonk and Price Chopper cheese platters. Yep the Navys really living it up. Especially since it was most likely a Non Public Funds event which means it was paid for from Canex profits and mess dues.

  3. I have to second the disappointment in not getting name and rank of the members in the picture too.

    • You can (mostly) figure out the ranks, at least, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Forces_ranks_and_insignia

      To my eyes, the gentleman on the left in the first photo is a Chief Petty Officer, 2nd class and the gentleman on the right is a Chief Petty Officer, 1st Class. The lady on the left of the fourth photo is a Lieutenant. We can’t see the rank insignia of the gentleman in the fifth photo, but he’s most likely a non-commissioned officer, as if he were an officer, we’d see a band (or bands) around the back of his right sleeve.

      The gentleman in the seventh photo is a little tougher for me to tell for sure from the photo, as I’m a bit unsure as to the width of that band. He looks rather young to be an Admiral (and I might have thought an Admiral would be named in the captions!) but the band looks to me to be the same width as Natynczyk’s, so that would make him an Admiral.

      • LKO,
        Thanks for putting the rank in. Your suspicion the the gentleman in the fifth phto is an NCO is confirmed by the crest on his collar. I think you’ve got everything right except the gentleman in the seventh photo, who is somewhere between a lieutenant and Captain.
        Flag Officers (everyone above rank of Captain) have crests & star(s) on their shoulders, just like the army General. When you get four bands on your arm, they squeeze them all together and they start adding stars on your shoulders.
        See http://rankmaven.tripod.com/caninav.htm is good reference for the ranks and
        http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/cms_images/news/story_images/OMM_l.jpg to see examples (e.g. the first one on the left isa commodore.

        For those concerned that this is a ‘bash,’ I’d take a closer look at the choice of unifom- No.3 dress- which is equivalent to ‘business.’ I’d guess they’re treating this as part of a long workday. When the Navy members really want to have a party, they put on their bow-ties!
        cheers,
        Kyle

        • The shoulders! Yes, you’re totally right. However, now, I’d guess that that makes the gentleman in the seventh photo an Acting Sub-Lieutenant since, to me, that’s only one stripe on his sleeve, and not multiple stripes (beards being sometimes deceiving, he could be quite a young junior officer).

          I wasn’t thinking about the fact that in the Canadian Forces with this uniform the shoulder boards would just go on Flag officers, but not Senior or Junior Officers. Since there are apparently no Naval Flag officers pictured, I was thinking (erroneously) that the shoulder boards for the General, vs. the Navy personnel was an Army/Navy differentiation as opposed to a distinction in rank.

          You’ve got to admit though, that given the angle, and the fact that the General is closer to the camera, that stripe on the gentleman in photo 7 looks awfully similar to the strip on the General in the photo immediately below!

          Thanks for the correction!

          • I think the reason why they look so similar is because it is not in fact one stripe, but two thick ones, presented at an angle that makes it look like one very thick one. It is awfully hard to tell though.
            The presence of numerous service ribbons also leads me to believe he is more than a subby.

  4. So just what were General Walter Natynczyk (left) with Bloc MP Claude Bachand laughing about? Is the CDS colluding with les maudits separatisses and ready to serve the coalition? Will this make Harper want to get rid of him as unsafe to unity of the country?

  5. Someone needs to tell Shelly Glover her hair is seriously outdated.

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