Revising and Revoking our Dominion’s Heritage
Ms. Lisa Helps, mayor of Victoria, B.C., has erased a vital part of our Canadian heritage. On August 11th, the long-standing statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, was unceremoniously removed from its place of honour at the entrance to Victoria’s City Hall.
This is no less than an act of treason!
Sir John A. Macdonald fills a unique place in our nation’s history. His vital role in the formation of our country and its democratic institutions is unquestionable.
Of course, like all of us, he was not a perfect man. We may disagree with some of his ideas – especially when it comes to his opinions on Canadian Indians. But that does not mean a local mayor and her city council can unilaterally condemn the man and expunge his name from our collective identity.
Let us reflect on the words of John A. Macdonald: “My sins of omission and commission I do not deny; but I trust that it may be said of me in the ultimate issue, ‘Much is forgiven because he loved much,’ for I have loved my country with a passionate love.”
Please join me in expressing our outrage and telling the Victoria City Council to keep the statue of John A. Macdonald. Sign our petition here: https://www.citizengo.org/en-ca/pc/165171-stand-john