Coun. Elaine MacDonald said emergency services like police, fire and ambulance have to be impartial, and that could be jeopardized if the vehicles are bearing a message that evokes a strong reaction.
And even if the council does vote in favour of the motion, there is some confusion over just what colour should be used.
Meanwhile, I came across an interesting article in the Edmonton Journal by Paula Simons (I'm Seeing Red over Yellow Ribbons Supporting Troops). The subtitle is, "City of Edmonton has no business importing Bush's toxic political baggage".
Oh, boy. There's a tip-off right there. But wait, there's more:
...This is a controversial engagement, and plenty of thoughtful Edmontonians disagree with it. In the midst of all the contention, it is inappropriate to use city vehicles, paid for and fuelled by municipal tax dollars, for propaganda purposes...Propaganda?
...But now, the yellow ribbon has become inextricably linked with American patriotism and an unquestioning faith in the policies of George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. Why import such toxic political baggage to Canada?(You forgot the word 'lockstep', Paula.)
...We don't need to import divisive American icons to show our support for our troops. We can do it our own Canadian way, with thought, respect and pragmatic purpose.(So, it's really about the fear of us looking too much like those rotten Americans, I guess.)
Anyway, it's a scary insight into how a liberal mind works.