Aye, & the Cape Breton Islanders are going to sit still for this? Especially since many of the troops going to fight in Europe in both WW1 & WW2 had emigrated years before to Canada/Newfoundland and were British to the core. Harper is an intellectual idiot who knows nothing of history, he plods along, tromping on everyone's feet and culture. Is Harper trying to re-create the Statue of Liberty? If so, the man is a buffoon. Canada did not come to creation by any declaration, as did the U.S.. Canada's independence came about gradually, as the nation coalesced and grew united. It was not until 1933 that Canada, along with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa became fully self -governing, and that gradual movement towards full independence has been a wonderful, peaceful thing. For most of Canada's history, her international involvement has been with the Empire, and later the Commonwealth. Canada's airmen flew side-by-side with the RAF in the battle of Britain and throughout WW2, and Canada's brigades served with the Commonwealth Armies in Korea.
Perhaps a statue commemorating the massive Canadian contribution to the successful defeat of our enemies in both WW1 & WW2 would be a more appropriate monument. Certainly no educated, informed Briton would ever deny the Canadian Contributions made in both WW ! & WW 2. In fact a monument in the Scottish Western Isles (since so many of the emigrants to Canada/Newfoundland were Scots) AND Cape Breton Isl. or Nova Scotia would suffice.