Destroying past weakens future
The recent deplorable act by a few citizens who covered up the national statue of Sir John A. Macdonald and the father of Confederation cannot go unanswered. The perpetrators of this act must be brought to trial and punished for their actions.
The laws in Canada are very clear. Section 430 of the Criminal Code points out the charge of “mischief,” (1) states: Every one commits mischief who wilfully
(c) obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.
This is a very serious indictable offence. Punishment can mean six months to 10 years in jail.
The perpetrators even suggested tearing it down. How does one know where we are going in the future, if we do not know where we have been in the past? The short answer to that is we are doomed to repeat history all over again.
We can study and learn from the past. Destroying or covering up historical evidence weakens our future. Stew Fettes, president, Regina Civil Liberties Association Inc., Regina