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@Lumber I couldn't care less about the historical ties to the RN, and think singing Heart of Oak and celebrating the age of sail is stupid, my objection is more that this is even on anyone's radar given the state of the RCN, where we don't have enough people for the ships we currently have. Best case a few CPFs self retire in the near future so we can remember what it's like to have adequate personnel on a ship outside of deployments.
But being concerned over the celebration of one colonial power over another from over a century before we were a country is a terrible reason to do it, especially when it's so vague the lyrics could refer to anything. We have better things to fix than to worry about the lyrics on a song you don't even hear when it's played for a march, and as tunes go it's an easy one to stay in step with on parade, so does the job well enough to leave it alone.
I keep hearing 'we can do these things concurrently', but after almost 20 years, I don't see a lot of substantive/effective changes but a lot of frequent things done on window dressing BS. Unless it's something that our allies tried, told us it didn't work... then we jump in and fully commit without a plan and act surprised when we get the same bad outcomes.
We can work on seperate things at the same time.
Realistically the issue here is that the areas that you're expressing outrage about us not making progress on are largely things that are really hard to fix; or at least really hard to fix given the manner in which we handcuff ourselves based upon decisions from Treasury Board and other governmental departments.
While the window dressing stuff isn't really impacting progress on those fronts; you're seeing a lot of these initiatives not only because we've got different people working on different things, but also because they're relatively simple things to accomplish. It's easy to get a new march to replace Heart of Oak. It's not easy to fix recruitment or retention when we're not given the tools to adequately do so.