Saturday, February 05, 2005

CBC Rewrites History – Denies Canadian Involvement in Vietnam

The federal government’s radio and television regulator, the CRTC, recently gave permission to Fox News to air in Canada. The commitment of Fox News to fair and balanced journalism has the ultra-left leaning CBC fit to be tied, since Fox will be competing head-to-head with the CBC for viewers. As a result, the CBC decided to discredit Fox News in the minds of Canadians while portraying Canada as a liberal country that does not take part in America’s unjust wars. Last week, CBC’s The Fifth Estate aired a show called Sticks and Stones for just that purpose.

During the show, CBC reporter Bob McKeown had an interview with an American conservative named Ann Coulter. Ann Coulter was trying to make a point that Canada had traditionally been a very loyal friend of America in armed conflicts and she mentioned that Canada sent troops to Vietnam. The CBC reporter was all too happy to embarrass Ms. Coulter by saying that Canada took a pass in Vietnam. Although this fits with the CBC’s mandate of portraying Canada as a pacifist country, the truth is quite the opposite.

During the Vietnam War, Canada was one of the chief arms suppliers to the war effort. From l964 to 1973, Canadian companies, with the blessing of the Federal government, sold more than $12.5 billon worth of ammunition and supplies directly to the U.S. military. Bombs dropped by B-52s over civilian targets in North Vietnam during carpet bombing raids were made out of Sudbury's finest nickel.

In the mid l960's the unemployment rate in Canada fell to a record low of under four per cent. Much of the country's good fortune was the result of Canada’s connection to the U.S. war machine. Jean Marchand, who was the Liberal Minister of Manpower was asked by a Montreal reporter about the morality of such a "devil's bargain" and the ignorance of the Canadian public to such a pact. Jean Marchand replied, "Do you want to be the one to tell 150,000 Canadian workers that they are out of work 'because' we discontinued producing war material for the USA under the defense contracts we hold with them?"

Another example of Canada's direct role in the war with Vietnam was Agent Orange. This highly carcinogenic defoliant was sprayed on soldiers and civilians alike throughout the war. Agent Orange was first tested in Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick. The company that produced it was located in Elmira, Ontario. This was one of the deadliest weapons used during the war, yet Bob McKeown would have Canadians believe that Canada simply took a pass on Vietnam.

Most disturbing of all is the apathy The Fifth Estate showed for the Canadians that died fighting communism in Vietnam. By saying ‘Canada took a pass on Vietnam’, the CBC decided to ignore their sacrifice. The names of more than one hundred Canadians who lost their lives fighting in Vietnam are written on a memorial called The North Wall. This memorial was erected in Windsor Ontario for Canadian Vietnam Veterans by the Federal Government in 1995 . The plaque reads:


Canadians do remember even if the CBC would like us to forget.


At 7:00 a.m., Blogger Flanstein said...

"Ann Coulter was trying to make a point that Canada had traditionally been a very loyal friend of America in armed conflicts and she mentioned that Canada was a part of Vietnam."

Bzzzt. Wrong. She said that Canada sent troops. We did not. She insisted. She looked like a fool. Next...

At 9:18 p.m., Blogger T.O. Crawler said...

Around 30000 Canadians voluntarily did go south to join the U.S. military in Vietnam, and as Michael notes, 100 of them died.

At 11:32 p.m., Blogger Neddy said...

Here are links to two photographs of Canadian Troops in Vietnam, 1973and 1968
You have shed a bit of illumination upon the CBC and Fox News that I had not realized was in play. I am not a fan of Ann Coulter, but I have been quite apalled at the personal attacks upon her for her comment regarding Canada's role in the Vietnam War. I guess the truth hurts. And as far as I know, she is not connected to Fox News in any way.

At 4:50 p.m., Blogger A Hermit said...

Individual Canadians did volunteer to fight in Vietnam; that is clearly not the same as "Canada sent troops".

Coulter, as usual, was factually out to lunch.


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