The 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation is an important milestone, during the celebrations of which all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces should be properly recognized;
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) HAIDA, the 'fightingest ship' in the Royal Canadian Navy, sank more enemy tonnage than any other vessel throughout Canada's entire naval history;
In addition to being the last remaining Tribal-class Destroyer in the world, HMCS HAIDA is proudly acknowledged as the ‘Vimy Ridge’ and ‘Billy Bishop’ of the Royal Canadian Navy;
HMCS HAIDA served with distinction during the Second World War, the Korean War and the Cold War, all throughout demonstrating Canadian excellence at sea;
HMCS HAIDA was named in honour of the spirit of cooperation which has always existed between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians during times of global conflict;
The Canadian War Museum educates nearly 500,000 visitors every year, equating to more than 32 times the number of visitors to HMCS HAIDA in 2014-15;
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada and proud supporters of all branches of our Canadian Armed Forces, call upon the Government of Canada to: 1. Re-commission HMCS HAIDA as the flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy, giving the ‘fightingest ship’ in Canada the level of recognition it deserves;
2. Examine the feasibility of including HMCS HAIDA as a permanent part of the Canadian War Museum, thereby greatly increasing its ability to connect with more Canadians and strengthening its long-term financial sustainability; and
3. Task the Royal Canadian Mint to commission a commemorative coin for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, featuring the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Billy Bishop and HMCS HAIDA, thereby representing all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces.
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