"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

"In this province"

The Ministry of Truth reports:
Legions Pressing PM on Free Ferry Travel
April 29, 2008

The Royal Canadian Legion is pressing Prime Minister Stephen Harper to extend a free travel offer for military service personnel and veterans to the Marine Atlantic ferries. Currently the program only applies to VIA Rail. The Legion's Newfoundland and Labrador Command says the expression of appreciation should include all. There is no rail service in this province.
In fairness, VOCM is cribbing off of the Legion's own press release on this issue:
Although the Province of Newfoundland Labrador does not have an existing railway, we do, and do require the services of a ferry between North Sydney, Nova Scotia and Port Aux Basque, Newfoundland Labrador to maintain connection with mainland Canada.
Having sycophantically adopted Danny's Brainfart — also known as "the Brand Signature" — as if it is the name of the province, which it isn't, the Legion's "Newfoundland Labrador" command is also woefully Newfoundland-centric.

The province does have an "existing" railway — several of them, in fact — even if Newfoundland does not. Think about that for a minute.

And Labrador, last time anyone checked, is, part of "mainland Canada", and does not require Marine Atlantic or any other ferry service to "maintain connection", though a proper highway might be nice.

It's too bad, really, because otherwise the Legion has a pretty good point.


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