Van­dals tar­get MP, or­ga­nizer of Sir John A. Macdon­ald birth­day com­mem­o­ra­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - The Cana­dian Press

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.

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