Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 19, 2013 13:37 ET

Minister MacKay Delivers Keynote Address at Canadian Club and Announces the Restoration of Historic Identities of Canadian Army Corps

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 19, 2013) - In a keynote address at the Canadian Club of Toronto today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced that the Government of Canada has restored the historical names of five Canadian Army corps, in addition to changing the title of another organization.

Minister MacKay's speech, entitled "The Heritage and Future of the Canadian Armed Forces", focused on the Government's investments in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Defence portfolio's relationship with Canadian business and the impact of Defence spending in Canadian communities.

"I am proud to say that since 2006, this Government has embarked on a "decade of delivery" for the Canadian Armed Forces, delivering the equipment, the infrastructure and the personnel support that these men and women need," said Minister MacKay.

The announcement of the restoration of historical names for Canadian Army corps is the next step in the phased approach begun in August 2011, when the historical name of the Canadian Army was restored.

"Our country continues to ask a great deal of our soldiers. Our government is committed to honouring their actions, heritage and sacrifices," said Minister MacKay. "Restoring these historic identities is an important way of reconnecting today's men and women in uniform with the proud history and traditions they carry with them as members of the Canadian Army."

The historical designations of the following corps have been restored:

  • Royal Canadian Armoured Corps;
  • The Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers;
  • Royal Canadian Corps of Signals;
  • Royal Canadian Infantry Corps; and
  • The Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The new title of the Canadian Army Military Police Group has also been adopted by the previous Land Force Military Police Group.

These and other heritage changes are being phased in over the next year as Canada and its military prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

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For background information about the restoration of historic identities of Canadian Army Organizations:

In his keynote address today, Minister MacKay proudly highlighted that two Canadian Forces members of the Soldier On program will be participating in the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge. This monumental expedition will see three teams of ill and injured servicemen and women race to the Geographic South Pole. Minister MacKay also released a statement wishing the participants best of luck on their journey:

From April 26 to 28, Minister MacKay will attend the Sedona Forum and participate in a number of bilateral meetings at McCain Institute for International Leadership in Phoenix, Arizona. The theme of the Sedona Forum 2013 is "How to Promote Freedom and Democracy Effectively", and will include senior international leaders, including the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili and U.S. Senator John McCain.

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