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April 07, 2006

Someone you should know - in Canada

Jed Stone, 43, furniture consultant at The Brick store on Cyrville Rd., and while you're applauding Jed Stone, applaud The Brick for promising Jed Stone that while he'll lose his salary for the times he's away, his full-time job will be waiting for him when he gets back from the ultimate fulfilment of his mission in life: Combat duty in Afghanistan with his fellow Canadian soldiers.

But don't, in front of Jed Stone, applaud the misguided feckless fools in Canadian society who say we need to debate our military role in Afghanistan, who say we have no right to be there, who say bring the poor soldiers home before more of them get killed. Don't, in front of Jed Stone, applaud the self-righteous whose understanding of freedom's worth, freedom's sacrifices, soldiering's necessity, soldier pride, is shamefully abysmal, a discredit to our nation.

And don't, in front of Jed Stone, applaud those Canadian employers who've told their workers that if they leave to train in the reserve forces of Canada they can forget having a job anymore.

Instead, applaud those who, upon being threatened with this, said take your job and shove it.

"That's exactly what happened to some of the young people in my unit," says Stone who, every other weekend since last July has been in rigorous army basic training; away from home and his fiance Lila and weekend shifts at The Brick. "Jack Layton and the NDP, all these politicians and non-politicians, they just don't get it.

If Canada is serious about beefing up her military, a little emulation of the employment protections offered our Guard and Reserve might be in order. Not that it would have mattered to Private Stone.

Of course, you'll have to have more than the law - there will have to be some enforcement, too. As we have discovered down here, not all employers are, shall we say, supportive, either.

Read the whole bit by clicking here. H/t, CAPT H.