CP's John Ward purely creams himself in a spasm of Hillier worship:
Rick Hillier reconnected Canadians with Forces
Updated Sun. Jun. 29 2008 1:48 PM ET
John Ward, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA -- Rick Hillier brought a refreshing bluntness to the country's top military job, but his true legacy may be that he re-introduced Canadians to their soldiers and instilled a pride in both...
"He reconnected the Defence Department to the Canadian public and that is a critically important thing, and it's turned the prospects of the Defence Department right around," MacDonald said.
"The public support is there in spades."
Quite right, John. Those red T-shirts are all the rage these days, and you can't swing a dead cat without whapping into a car with one of those cool yellow "Support the troops" magnetic ribbons on it.
Sadly, all that support hasn't quite translated into, you know, actual recruiting. But red T-shirts are good. No, really. We're cool with those.