Canadian mint: Leftist plot suspected!

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Mint not to sweet on Hwy. of Heroes coin
By Joe Warmington, November 6, 2010

So we are not going to have a special coin for the Highway of Heroes after all!

Who got to the Royal Canadian Mint? And why?

These are the kind of questions we are hoping Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others will ask in the wake of the Mint deciding it will not produce a coin commemorating the stretch of Hwy. 401 between Trenton and Toronto.

It's strange because for a while it was looking like they were going to do one.

"I would like to thank you again for your e-mail proposing that the Royal Canadian Mint issue a coin featuring the Highway of Heroes," Francie Baltzan, communications coordinator wrote Sun Media journalist Pete Fisher last February. "This suggestion is one that we like very much and, in fact, one that received very favourable response when tested with coin consumers. The Mint is therefore in the process of considering how best to honour this solemn route and those who have travelled it, as well as to underscore the spontaneous outpouring of public support for our fallen heroes."

But something mysteriously changed.

"I want to let you know that it is not likely that we will be doing a specific Highway of Heroes coin," Baltzan wrote back this week. "The sentiment behind this theme is an honourable one, but designing a coin that accurately depicts the Highway of Heroes while honouring the sentiment has proven to be difficult. I am sorry to pass on this disappointing news, but please know that we are working on several other products, for 2011 and beyond, that honour the Canadian Forces — past and present — and their sacrifices."

Needless to say Pete, who has attended most repatriations and was instrumental in urging the province to create the Highway of Heroes in honour of our fallen troops, was ticked off.

"A simple image of people on a bridge with Canadian flags would have been more than enough to show support for the highway," he wrote back. "Unfortunately I can't help but wonder if there was some political involvement in the decision."

You can find Pete's incredibly moving pictures from dozens of repatriations along the Highway of Heroes on Bring some Kleenex.

I have a call into the Mint but they ought to know that Fisher won't be letting this go. Ask former governor general Michaelle Jean how relentless Fisher was about getting a bravery medal for slain Cobourg copper Chris Garrett. He's like a dog with a bone.

Good luck in getting him to heel.

And if the decision was made not to go ahead with the coin because of some lefty peace freaks not wanting to honour our fallen, watch for the reaction of Canadians in the next few months. You'll learn something about patriotism.

"I find it absolutely incredible when the Royal Canadian Mint produces coins including ones for whales, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, they wouldn't be able to produce a coin honouring the grass roots of something started by thousands of ordinary Canadians for our fallen heroes," Fisher said.

You can do something about it. Mississauga resident Caroline McIntosh has put together an online petition — — to try to get them to change their minds.

I am not worried. There is always some lefty stiff in the way of doing what is right.

Source: Toronto Sun
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


More likely a right-wing plot;

2002: Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended his government's decision to ban the media from covering the return of bodies of soldiers killed in the line of duty, accusing the opposition of politicizing the issue.
Reporters were not allowed into the military airbase at Trenton, Ont., to cover the Tuesday evening arrival of the remains of four soldiers who died in a weekend bombing.

Harper's refusal to properly honour the fallen heroes helped inspire canadians to honour them themselves with the "Highway of Heroes".  Many canadians(especially family & friends if they could not attend the ceremony) complained that they could not see the fallen being honoured on tv or in press photos.

As further evidence it is probably the right;
2002:  Government under fire for flag policy
The new Conservative government is also attracting criticism for reversing the previous Liberal government's practice of lowering the flag on Parliament Hill's Peace Tower to mark military deaths.
The Conservatives say they are returning to the traditional protocol of honouring fallen soldiers by lowering the Peace Tower flag only on Remembrance Day.

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From the blame the left article "These are the kind of questions we are hoping Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others will ask" instead of ask, should be answer, as it might well be the Prime Minister who vetoed the coin!


That's just facts, so they are irrelevant ;D If you work for the Toronto Sun, there's no such thing as a rightist plot, mainly because there's so little to the right of them. :)

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


So true Peter, don't you just hate the way that 'facts' get in the way of a good story ;)



Well if you are from Texas you don't let the facts get in the way of a good story   ;D

Quote from: constanius on November 06, 2010, 05:26:42 PM
So true Peter, don't you just hate the way that 'facts' get in the way of a good story ;)



Coin approved

COBOURG -- The Royal Canadian Mint has agreed to issue a collectors' coin in 2011 that was suggested by QMI Agency-Northumberland Today journalist Pete Fisher.

The Mint announced that a Highway of Heroes coin will be issued, as Fisher had proposed in August 2009.

"I think it's absolutely amazing. I am ecstatic about it," Fisher said in an interview.

Following a tour of the Mint last year, he brought forth his idea of commemorating not just the soldiers who give their lives in Afghanistan, but the Highway of Heroes on which they take their repatriation journey -- Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto.

Specifically, he wanted to honour the everyday citizens who show up on overpasses every time, in every kind of weather, to pay their personal respects by their presence, their salutes, their waving of flags in tribute to the sacrifices that have been made on their behalf.

Source: The Intelligences
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


Trent Hills mayor says mint to issue Highway of Heroes coin in October
Apr 25, 2011

TRENT HILLS, Ont. - The mayor of Trent Hills, Ont., says the Royal Canadian Mint will issue a Highway of Heroes commemorative coin in the fall.

Hector Macmillan says he has received correspondence from the mint announcing the coin will be released in October.

Trent Hills, about 30 kilometres north of Trenton, spearheaded an effort over a year ago to get the mint to issue the coin.

The mint is still in the process of finalizing the design.

The coin will pay tribute to people who line overpasses honouring Canadian soldiers who have died during the Afghan mission.

The bodies travel from CFB Trenton, in eastern Ontario, to Toronto along a stretch of Highway 401 that has been named the Highway of Heroes.

Source: 680news
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.