Note: I had a bit of a mix up on my blog where I meshed together my blog entry and a news release. Unfortunately the system crashed and I couldn't repair it.
It should have said this:
Here is a message I got from a DND spokesman regarding the NCC "Support the Troops" campaign:
Acting Chief of Defence Staff of Canadian Forces has apologized to Mr. Peter Coleman, President of the National Citizens Coalition and has indicated that we are very pleased to see Canadians supporting our troops and that we strongly support the kind of private endeavour for our men and women in uniform.
Lower level staff with the legal section of the Department developed a position that was communicated to the National Citizens Coalition.
Regretfully this was done prior to approval being received from higher command.
Senior officials reviewed the circumstances of this case and have informed the NCC that we support this particular campaign.
The Department will communicate in writing to Mr. Coleman. This communication will indicate the Department does not have issues with billboards, magnetic ribbons or the campaign to support Canadian forces personnel.
In addition, Chief Military Personnel will be calling Mr. Coleman to find ways we can work together on this project.”
I am quite glad this situation has been resolved. After all, we are on the military’s side.
This is also a victory for free speech.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the special trust fund the NCC is setting up to help the military families of fallen soldiers go here.