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Not your Team Canada to judge

At risk of adding to the media-fuelled overkill, it seems necessary to bring to light one significant aspect of the now-notorious Shane Doan controversy.

To boil the back-story down to a Reader's Digest version, over one year after a storm of media coverage and moderate public outcries against Doan, who was legally cleared of an accusation he uttered an anti-French slur at an NHL official, Canada's members of Parliament demanded the Team Canada captain be stripped of his "C" at the World Hockey Championship, as he is a so-called disgrace to the Maple Leaf.

Forget for a minute the absolute ludicrous nature of politicians sticking their tarnished noses into the business of international hockey amid military crises, health care shortcomings and judicial upheaval within their own jurisdiction. Forget for a minute the well-known lifestyle Doan adheres to, complete with community service, Christianity, and an absolute avoidance of profanity on-ice. Forget the fact the issue was done to death an entire hockey season ago.

Concentrate, for a moment, on the fact that Bloc Quebecois MPs Gilles Duceppe and Luc Malo are the heaviest force behind the anti-Doan campaign. Forgive my potential ignorance, but does the pair forget their party's mission?

That's right. The Bloc aims to separate Quebec from the rest of Canada. To distance the Quebecois way of life from that of Canada and to create a disparate identity for the Quebec people.

Why then should Duceppe and Malo care if Doan, who in all reality, it seems, has proven he did not state anything derogatory regarding French officials, wears the Maple Leaf whose cohesive symbolism the politician aims to destroy?

The captaincy of a Canadian team represents honour and solidarity of a nation. A nation, that is, the Bloc does not want to be part of. Doan, who proudly wears the "C," not only represents Canada and the nation's game, but also humility, loyalty and an utterly Canadian identity the Bloc wishes to detach itself and its Quebecois nation from.

Doan is an idyllic Canadian and deserves every bit of the captaincy bestowed upon him. What he does not deserve, however, is the hypocritical critique of politicians who not only has no business rewashing dirty laundry, but moreover should not be commenting on the team of a nation their party wants nothing to do with.

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