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‘Inappropriate’ or not, disregard for the rules shouldn’t be put on parade

By Scott Taylor      

The Armed Forces has clearly defined guidelines on how weapons should be carried on parade—and they need to followed.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan—pictured speaking in Ottawa in March—said that while there were good intentions behind having soldiers carry weapons in an April 28 Khalsa Day parade in Toronto, it was ultimately ‘inappropriate.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Last week, the social media platforms were set abuzz over a photograph depicting a squad of armed Canadian soldiers in combat uniforms, seemingly on patrol on the streets of Toronto. The majority of these soldiers wore regimental turbans adorned with the cap badges of several different militia units. They were in loose order, rather than in formed ranks and they carried their C-7 assault rifles at the “low-ready,” as if on patrol.

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