Congratulations, Mr. Smith, on your success at returning us to colonial status.
- Jack Granatstein, distinguished military historian, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Then again, maybe these folks are completely OK with re-subordinating us to the Empire and keeping Canada British. Why else would they think Granatstein is being complimentary? That, and/or they were too dazzled by the Royal "R" in his FRSC post-nominal to notice what he was saying.
The other strange thing about that website is if you scroll down the page, you'll see ghostly photos of long-deceased fighter pilots with the numbers of destroyed enemy aircraft credited to them. As young men their job was to sit terrified in a tiny metal space high above the Earth and try not to burn, fall, or bleed to death in it while they did their best to cause that fate for other young men. An adult recognises there's nothing glorious about that.
I find romanticizing the dead and their deeds for what is at heart a political agenda rooted in nostalgia for an era - that most members of today's armed forces were not alive for - to be a reprehensible sort of propaganda.
*As far as I can tell, all that's really happened is that Land Force Command, Maritime Command, and Air Command have been administratively renamed. The much more independent formations which constituted the original RCN, RCAF, and Army have not been reformed.