De­stroy­ing past weak­ens fu­ture

Regina Leader-Post - - OPINION -

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


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