Rough days for MacKay -

Rough days for MacKay


Peter MacKay has had one tough week. One day, Twitter is laughing at his expense, the next day, union officials serve him a “layoff notice.”

Last Friday, the defense minister gave a speech on Bastille Day at the French Embassy with some historical inaccuracies. “Suffice it to say in the 200th commemoration of the War of 1812,” Mackay said, “had the French not been here fighting side by side, we might be standing here next to each other in a new light.” This is according to a tape recording made by Embassy magazine and quoted by the Ottawa Citizen.

The French actually supported the Americans in the War of 1812, and Twitter was soon abuzz with Mackay’s gaffe.

On Thursday,  a member of the Union of National Defence Employees served Mackey papers for his “layoff.” “You have been identified as an affected employee and your services as a Member of Parliament may no longer be required due to your reckless cuts to public services,” the letter reads, according to the Ottawa Citizen. The letter comes in response to the 88 workers at Canadian Forces Base Pett]awawa who were informed that their jobs are in jeopardy.

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  1. If he’s going to get it that exactly backwards, could he not at least make it have some relevance? What does that even mean–whether looking at it from actual history or MacKay’s history, what does “we might be standing here next to each other in a new light” even signify? If the British had lost that war, the sun would have moved? If the Americans had lost that war, the sun would have moved? If both sides couldn’t claim victory, we’d all be able to blame the French? Like, what is he saying?

    • Do not try to make sense of the actions of this government, their purpose was never to govern…They are meant to be a distraction to the fact that control of our resources is being handed over to foreign national entities.

      These idiots were put in place to keep the masses in fear of their jobs so that they would stop complaining and would not have enough free time to read the news.

      Wake up! Your country is being given away to foreigners and what are you doing? You’re sitting around wasting your time trying to make sense of the ramblings of a political stooge, just like they want you to be!

      Wake UP!

    • I’m guessing word came from the PMO to try to work War of 1812 into as any speeches as possible in order to boost tourism. They weren’t told to make the references factually accurate or meaningful; it’s just advertising, after all – and we know how factual most CPC ads are.

  2. the minister is correct – the french fought with the natives & the british against the americans and they successfully did so to prevent the americans from taking montreal – the ottawa citizen is wrong and the embassy & macleans magazines suffer the embarrassment of being the media sheeple.

    but this is what the public has come to expect from the socialist left controlled media.

    • Yes, the French – who were engaged in the Napoleonic war(s) with Britain at the time, fought WITH the British against the Americans???!!! I’d really like to see your history book which details this information.

  3. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon. He has one huge advantage over UNDE: Stephen Harper.