MP Peter Kent pays tribute to our Second World War Veterans in his media release below and here, which is absolutely praiseworthy.

But then notice the line “more than 45,000 Canadian men and women gave their lives and another 55,000 were wounded” (emphasis added).  Yes, women as well as men contributed to the war effort. Yes, female as well as male innocent civilians were injured and killed on battlefields around the world. But, is his statement regarding casualty figures an honest statement when we consider that virtually every Canadian casualty in World War II was a man, often a very young man with his life ahead of him.

Note the inconsistency with how we deal with domestic violence, in which despite a near identical number of male and female victims of violence, virtually our entire domestic and intimate partner violence dialogue is centred on women as victims. There is often a quick knee jerk reaction to the mere suggestion that men can also be victims, that we should be stating domestic violence statistics in terms of the numbers of men and women.

For immediate release

September 25, 2014
Kent to honour Thornhill Veterans of WWII

Canada pays tribute to Second World War Veterans

Thornhill — Peter Kent, P.C., MP for Thornhill is reaching out into the community to honour all living Second World War Veterans with a commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.

“Our Canadian Government takes great pride in remembering and honouring the brave and courageous men and women living among us who served to defend our cherished way of life,” said Mr. Kent.

“I am proud to have this opportunity to recognizing the 75th Anniversary of Canada entering the Second World War on its own accord, people across this country rallied together to defend the rights of all people to live in peace and freedom. Many served overseas and at home and are still with us here in Thornhill. I welcome the opportunity to honour them for their service to our country,” Mr. Kent added.

From a young nation of 11 million, more than one million Canadian and Newfoundland men and women served in the Second World War. By the end of the war, Canada had the third largest navy, the fourth largest air force and an army of six divisions. However, Canada’s losses were tremendous: more than 45,000 Canadian men and women gave their lives and another 55,000 were wounded. The estimated Second World War population is currently 80,000.

Canadians, who served at least one day with Canadian forces, or with any other Allied force including the Canadian or British Merchant Navy, during the Second World War, are eligible to apply for the commemorative lapel pin and certificate.

Request forms are available at my office or online at:http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/forms/document/542 Call or visit my office for more information.

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