Maintiens Le Droit

Maintiens le Droit… or, in English, maintain the right. It sounds like the motto of men in shining armor and plumes, sitting astride white steeds. Actually, it’s the motto of the men in red jackets and tan Stetsons, sitting astride black steeds. But the Mounties do have a bit of a chivalric quality about them which seems to spark the imagination.

In the realm of fiction, the Northern genre parallels the Western genre in its elements of lawmen on horses in a wild landscape. One of the most iconic differences, aside from the uniform, is that the Mountie is generally portrayed as more polished and polite than the sheriff. ‘Nice guys finish last’ some may say, to which I reply ‘the Mountie always gets his man’. Being less rugged doesn’t make the Mountie less impressive.

Perhaps not all silver screen portrayals are flattering, and I’ll admit that real-life RCMP don’t always have a story that Janette Oke would want to write. Yet the chivalric image seems to persist in popularity. That’s comforting, in a way. We are not yet like Lewis’ men without chests. We still value good guys with good manners.

Today, on the centennial of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s founding, I’d like to honour Canada’s modern-day knights. Not just the fictional heroes, but especially the RCMP who remain brave and polite in the real world.

God keep our land glorious and free

Oh Canada we stand on guard for thee

Oh Canada we stand on guard for thee

 

Et ta valeur, de foi trempée

Protégera nos foyers et nos droit

Protégera nos foyers et nos droit

 

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5 thoughts on “Maintiens Le Droit

  1. This is lovely, Blue! Brave and polite is the best of combinations, indeed.

    I think I started a Janette Oke book once…but had to return it to the library before getting into it, alas.

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  2. I wonder if every child has a fascination with Mounties? I certainly did. And still do, really. “Good guys with good manners” (on horseback is a bonus) is eternally appealing. And I like the good manners part, because, well…that part can get forgotten, but I think it’s rather important.

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