Conservative leader Erin O'Toole said during a speech on Thursday that it's time to put Canadian flags back up to full-mast, and that reconciliation in Canada can co-exist with national pride.
The Trudeau administration has been flying all Canadian flags at half-mast for the past three months, after two discoveries of a total of over a thousand indigenous children buried at the site of two former residential schools in Kamloops BC and, slightly later on, in Cowessess Saskatchewan.
True North's Andrew Layton tweeted above his question to the Conservative party leader:
"If you were Prime Minister, would those flags be down or up right now? And, more broadly, what to you think of this idea of an indefinite period of mourning, which is what we have now, with these flags at half-mast, in the government's words 'until further notice'?"
"After the terrible situation of the discovery at the former residential school site in Kamloops, I offered bipartisan support for the Prime Minister to move immediately on truth and reconciliation calls to action 71 to 76 that deal directly with former residential school sites and missing children."
"... It's not a time to tear down Canada; it's a time to re-commit to build it to be the country we know it can be, and reconciliation is very important and should be important to all Canadians."
"I think, to re-commit to Canada; you have to be proud of Canada. You can't cancel the one day a year that you commit to your country; you need to use that day to commit to the path of reconciliation."
"...And I do think we should be proud to put our flag back up."
Despite the broad symbolic gestures of contrition by the Trudeau government such as leaving the flags for months at half-mast, the government's promise to providing indigenous communities with fresh drinking water is way behind implementation, including in the same community of Cowessess.