Ted Arnott, MPP
October 4, 2010
This year the Royal Canadian Navy proudly celebrates its 100 anniversary. With
Remembrance Day just a month away, my family and I yesterday visited one of our
National Historic Sites—the HMCS Haida.
The Haida, a Tribal Class destroyer, was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy
in 1943, operating through the remainder of the Second World War.
Following a post-war refit, the Haida continued in service through the Korean War and
Cold War, until her decommissioning in 1963. Today the Haida is stationed at Pier 9 in
Our October 3 visit was a fascinating journey through our nation’s history, made even
more enlightening thanks to Ray Pearse, who accompanied us.
Ray, having served on the Haida in the late 1950s, offered his compelling, firsthand
account of life aboard this Canadian warship.
Ray Pearse continues to serve today as President of the Fergus Legion.
My late father-in-law, Ted McCabe, served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World
War 2. His story, like that of Mr. Pearse, was one of youthful courage, achievement,
and service to country.
I want to thank Ray for taking us on the tour of the Haida, for his continuing leadership
at the Legion, and all other Legion members for their important work.
Through their service, they remind us of those who travelled to distant lands, far from
their families, on our behalf—and, indeed, of those who do so today.