I, [name], do swear (or solemnly affirm) that I will
well and truly serve Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth
the Second, Queen of Canada, Her heirs and successors
according to law, in the Canadian Forces until lawfully
released, that I will resist Her Majesty's enemies and
cause Her Majesty's peace to to be kept and
maintained and that I will, in all matters pertaining to
my service, faithfully discharge my duty. So help
Military Oath of Allegiance
It would appear that Defense Minister Peter McKay still feels that he did nothing wrong when his staff commandeered a Cormorant search and rescue chopper to carry the minister from a friends fishing lodge to Gander to catch a private jet to London, Ontario.
It would appear that the only issue was the lack of support from the Canadian Forces who were not vigilant enough in their defense of the boss.Not enough senior brass or regular forces took the initiative to put the best spin on the situation. McKays's staffers felt let down. They feel their political master was left to hang by his troops.
The CBC has obtained E-mail's from the Department of Defense from last fall that indicate that the political upstarts in the department were none to pleases with a perceived ""lacklustre defence" of the minister. The e-mails are very enlightening and alarming. Despite military officials advising McKays's staff that the operation could be a public relations disaster, those same staffers arranged for the chopper to pick-up the boss. Instead of looking at the issue in retrospect as a poor decision, they still want to point the blame at the military.
How frigging thick and arrogant is this crowd of out of touch political manipulators. The officials offered thier best advice, it was ignored. The Minister (or his staff) exercised their political judgement. The shit hit the propellers, as predicted, and the politicos want to blame someone else.
Seriously, Peter - fire that lot of them. They gave you poor advice. They promised that your trip would look like an exercise even though they knew it was not! They gambled with your reputation and lost.
Perhaps it might be time to hang the testosterone filled, Parliament Hill political operators out to dry - not the hard working, dedicated people who serve this country in the military!
I half expect the Majority Conservatives to announce an amendment to the Oath:
"I, [name], do swear (or solemnly affirm) that I willwell and truly serve Stephen Harper, His Ministers,MPs and political staffers until lawfullyreleased, that I will resist Harper's enemies andcause Conservative policy to to be kept andmaintained and that I will, in all matters pertaining tomy service, faithfully discharge my duty. So help me God"