Not a positive move to erase our past history
How many leaders can you name who have been perfect? Macdonald is widely regarded as Canada’s greatest leader, whose image even graces our $10 bank note and many schools and building are named after him.
Our first prime minister was responsible for the transcontinental railway. But, the former prime minister is also regarded as the oppressor of indigenous people.
Macdonald is reported to have once remarked: “Indian children should be withdrawn as much as is possible from parental influence, lest they acquire their habits…and should be placed where they will acquire the habits and modes of thought of white man.”
The decision by Victoria city council has been discussed and deliberated for almost a year. Not everyone on city council approved the measure.
Just like Macdonald was not solely responsible for being branded as a leader of violence against indigenous peoples. This is 2018 and what was acceptable in the past is not politically correct.
In comic books I read as a child, the Indians or the Indigenous people were always portrayed as savages.
But, times have changed. I fully agree with this. Today we talk about gender equality and supporting everyone’s rights. This is called moving ahead with the times and being fair to everyone. We cannot and should not discriminate against anyone because of gender or ethnic origin.
This is all fine. What I am is against erasing history. Victoria city hall has also decided to install a plaque that will detail the city’s path of reconciliation with the Indigenous people. Macdonald, a lawyer, was born in Scotland and immigrated to Kingston, Ontario.
His political career spanned almost half a century. Let us not forget all the good things he did.