Rick Hillier has just been named the Chancellor of Memorial University in Newfoundland. It is hard to fathom bestowing such an honour on a man who is ultimately responsible for the deaths of 83 Canadian soldiers
As Chancellor, Hillier will congratulate students as they walk across the stage at convocation. Many students will now be put in the awkward position of shaking hands with a man whose former job was to kill people.
And this isn’t hyperbole. Hillier’s words are used by enemies and supporters alike:
"These are detestable murderers and scumbags. They detest our freedoms, they detest our society, they detest our liberties." -- Hillier onHe added:
July 14, 2005, on Osama bin Laden and Islamist terrorists in general.
"We're not the public service of
. We're not just another department. We are the Canadian Forces, and our job is to be able to kill people." Canada
With such a narrow-minded analysis, it’s hard to see what he could possibly contribute to any academic institution.
When one considers the increased level of military recruitment on campuses, perhaps Hillier’s appointment is more understandable. His approach to expanding the Canadian Military has been marked by a rise in advertising in student newspapers and inside bathroom stalls. The expanded campus military recruitment as the war on
After paying massive tuition fees and going so far into debt, it will be the ultimate insult for convocating students to be congratulated with a shake of Hillier's right hand while he is passing out job applications for the military with his left.