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Steven Blaney on the significance of our military history


 

Speaking with Radio-Canada—near the end of the video here—Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney demonstrates how to explain the importance of World War II Canada’s military history to kids these days.

“We talk about Gangnam Style. There’d be no Gangnam Style if there hadn’t been sacrifices on the part of Canadians [and] members of the United Nations who united behind a resolution to repel communism.”

Perhaps this will form the basis of a chapter in the study of Canadian history that the Heritage Committee is preparing.

Update 12:18pm. Though the occasion was to mark the Battle of the Atlantic, it seems possibly (likely?) that Mr. Blaney wasn’t referring to World War II. Maybe he was referring to the Korean War. Absent the full context of the comment, it is open to interpretation.

Update 1:51pm. Mr. Blaney’s press secretary tweets.

Thanks to the sacrifices of Cdn #Vets, S.Korea is now economically strong & democratic. Clearly it’s also a cultural superpower


 

Imagine a world without Gangnam Style

  1. Is Steven Blaney arguing for or against Canadian sacrifices in Korea?

  2. Right. Because we all know the dastardly communists had nothing to do with winning WW2 when they were allies.

  3. Is there any point to informing this guy that the Korean war and ww2 were two separate events? That’s simply embarrassing. Hopefully the minister isn’t on that committee.

    “The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met in camera at …”

    A good start might be not holding a heritage committee meeting of all things behind closed doors.

  4. Now I understand why Cook had to restrict his statement to backbenchers.

  5. Koreans make catchy pop music, they are also good at making entertaining movies, and it’s all due to Canadian vets apparently. Maybe Fed Gov’t can start a war in Canada, many of our culture sectors surely could use a drastic change.

    • Tony, that IS a good one. Well done.

  6. Thanks, honorable minister. This helps explain why Veterans Affairs is such a chronic mess.