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Opposition MPs criticize government's War of 1812 ads during Olympics, 'smacks of militaristic jingoism'

The ads are 'contrary to the spirit of the Olympics. Is it the right time to celebrate military victories over your Olympic competitors?' says NDP MP Pat Martin.

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Go Canada Go: Members of team Canada march into the stadium at the opening ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics, on July 27, 2012.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Opposition MPs say Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has crossed a line with its anniversary events marking the War of 1812—by buying costly advertising space to promote the militaristic anniversary through television coverage of young Canadian athletes competing at the Olympic Games.

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Opposition MPs criticize government's War of 1812 ads during Olympics, 'smacks of militaristic jingoism'

The ads are 'contrary to the spirit of the Olympics. Is it the right time to celebrate military victories over your Olympic competitors?' says NDP MP Pat Martin.

Canadian Olympic Committee photograph by Jason Ransom
Go Canada Go: Members of team Canada march into the stadium at the opening ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics, on July 27, 2012.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Opposition MPs say Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has crossed a line with its anniversary events marking the War of 1812—by buying costly advertising space to promote the militaristic anniversary through television coverage of young Canadian athletes competing at the Olympic Games.

  
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