Ontario not honouring end of war with lowered flag

The Canadian flag flies in Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto City Hall Tuesday March 11,...

The Canadian flag flies in Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto City Hall Tuesday March 11, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

TORONTO „Ÿ After 12 years in Afghanistan. Canadian soldiers have lowered Canada's flag for the final time, marking an end to a long mission.

New Brunswick, Alberta and Saskatchewan are paying tribute by lowering Canadian flags to half-mast in some of their schools, capitals and public buildings.

"We need to honour our soldiers and their families on this mission's final day," Alberta Premier Alison Redford told Sun News Network.

But it's not happening so far in Ontario, which changed rules to proudly fly the rainbow flag at Queen's Park to support gay rights while the Winter Olympics were staged in Sochi, Russia.

"There is currently no request before the legislature to lower the Canadian flag (Wednesday). In order to do so, all three parties would have to put in a request to the Speaker's office," explained Kelly Baker, of Premier Kathleen Wynne's office.

"Ontario recognizes the many Ontario soldiers who served in Afghanistan and honours those who gave their lives," she said Tuesday.

It's just not a matter of lowing flags in Ontario to recognize our troops. Ontario was the landing place for the bodies of 158 fallen Canadian troops, who were taken to Toronto along the Highway of Heroes after they landed at CFB Trenton.

At Queen's Park Tuesday, the Ukrainian flag was flying. But it seems lowering the Canadian flag to honour the sacrifice so many families made has not been discussed.

"The Ukrainian flag is now up as all three parties agreed," added Wynne's press secretary, Zita Astravas.

It seems no one's thoughts turned to Afghanistan „Ÿ including those at City Hall.

"I have checked in on this and there are no plans at present," said city spokesman Wynna Brown.


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