New Controversy Over War Memorial
The group behind a proposed war memorial for the Highlands National Park is now in the middle of another controversy.
The Never Forgotten Memorial Foundation is already getting flak from opponents who don’t want the monument built in a national park.
Now, the name of the project “Mother Canada” is the focus of an attack from Canada’s Vimy Foundation.
The Foundation is currently planning commemorations for 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s victory at Vimy Ridge.
A statue at the Vimy Memorial in France is known as Mother Canada and the chair of the Vimy Foundation is worried the current controversy over the Cape Breton project will hamper their work.
Christopher Sweeny says he wrote to the group behind the proposed Cape Breton memorial asking it to change the name.
However, he adds the Memorial Foundation wrote him back saying that it has trademarked the name “Mother Canada” and is applying it to merchandise surrounding their project.
The Vimy Foundation is now planning to run national ads telling people there’s only one Mother Canada and that she’s in Vimy, France.