Just in time for Remembrance Day, Alberta unveils new plate supporting Canadian Forces troops
The Alberta Government is offering drivers a new licence plate that honours the Canadian Forces with a Support our Troops slogan and a yellow ribbon.
The plates will be available for pre-order early next year. The new plates will cost $150, which includes the regular registration fees as well as expenses for production and delivery.
The government says revenue beyond those costs will go directly to the Support our Troops campaign to assist members of the Canadian Forces and their families in Alberta.
“Albertans admire the men and women of the Canadian Forces who put their lives on line, away from the comforts of family and home, as they stand up for the rights and freedoms of Canadians and people around the world, said Manmeet S. Bhullar, minister of Service Alberta.
“The Alberta government is honoured to offer a new licence plate as a way we can demonstrate our gratitude to them and give back to members and their families through the Support our Troops campaign.”
Calgarian Reijo Silvennoinen says the slogan smacks of American-style patriotism, which seems to have crept into Canada lately, but he thinks overall the plates are a good idea.
“However, I do support our troops, of course! So, I am ok with it,” he said.
The new licence plate complements Alberta’s veterans’ plates, which feature a poppy in honour of former and currently serving members of the Canadian Forces, as well as members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or other Canadian police departments who served under NATO or the United Nations.
Nearly 21,000 veterans’ plates have been issued since the program began in February 2005, and in 2011, the Alberta government extended availability of the plates to motorcycles.
“Our troops are proud of their service to Canada and appreciate the recognition from Albertans. I know they will be honoured when they see these licence plates on the vehicles of Albertans and the proceeds will help provide essential support to those who need it,” said Brigadier-General Christian Juneau, 3rd Canadian Division Commander, the Army in the West.
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