Vandals target MP, organizer of Sir John A. Macdonald birthday commemoration
KINGSTON, Ont. — Vandals in Kingston, Ont., have slashed the tires and poured red paint on a car belonging to the main organizer of a birthday tribute to Sir John A. Macdonald. Arthur Milnes, a local historian, journalist and speechwriter, says he awoke early Monday morning to find the damage outside his home, including a burned Canadian flag left under his car. The vehicle of local Liberal member of Parliament, Mark Gerretsen, was also targeted overnight, on the eve of Monday’s midday event in downtown Kingston to commemorate the birth of Canada’s first prime minister. Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty was among the dignitaries who spoke at the ceremony, which was also shadowed by a group of about two dozen protesters, there to express their objections to Macdonald’s 19th century policies toward indigenous peoples. In the past, vandals have splashed red paint on a downtown Macdonald statue and on local historical plaques commemorating the Scots-born Father of Confederation, who called Kingston home. A spokesman for the Kingston Police Force said it is investigating two incidents, one reported late Sunday night and the other early Monday morning.