If that is accepted, then all police officers, firemen, and soldiers who lose their lives in the performance of their duty deserve to be considered for the Cross of Valour.
An examination of some of the actions for which individuals did or did not receive the Cross of Valour confirms why it should not be awarded posthumously to Garrett.
One of the first men to be awarded a posthumous Cross of Valour was Royal Canadian Navy sailor Vaino Partanen.
Often even those who knowingly risk their lives for others have not received the Cross of Valour.
Hugh Halliday in his book Valour Reconsidered notes that Australia, which has a population only two thirds that of Canada, has presented only four Crosses of Valour compared with the 20 given by Canada, 60 Stars of Courage compared with 398 by Canada, and 307 Medals of Bravery compared with the 2,190 by Canada.
Canadian valour awards will have little meaning as they will become popularity contests with each police, fire, and military organization championing its nominee.
It is right to want to honour Constable Garrett for his devotion to duty and his bravery, but this should not involve awarding him a posthumous Cross of Valour.