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Mayor battles troop support idea

<p>Calgary’s mayor is sticking to his guns in opposing a plan to place “Support Our Troops” stickers on city vehicles in honour of Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan.</p>

Bronconnier says city can do better than decals on its vehicles



Bronconnier



Calgary’s mayor is sticking to his guns in opposing a plan to place “Support Our Troops” stickers on city vehicles in honour of Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan.





While Dave Bronconnier said he doesn’t support the idea of putting the decals on city vehicles, he does support the idea of individual Calgarians doing so.





“I think it is a great idea to do as an individual and I know there are decal companies out there willing to do it. As a city though, I think there are bigger and greater things we can do to support our troops,” Bronconnier told Metro.





The mayor said he was told by Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier to find alternate ways to support the troops, and added the city has been talking about “send off” and “welcome” ceremonies for Canadian soldiers.





“I think sending our troops off and welcoming them back is a meaningful and tangible means of showing our support. I also think it keeps consistent with what Hillier has supported.”





The mayor noted the city raised $28,000 last year to go toward a fund for families of soldiers.





Ward 12 Ald. Ric McIver was looking for support from his colleagues in council before bringing the decal initiative to the table.





“I wanted to gauge reaction yesterday and it was mixed. I think they are warming up to the idea and I hope with their support I will bring it into council,” McIver said.


 
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