Crowley: Don’t cast aside Sr John A. Macdonald – Montreal Gazette

by ahnationtalk on September 12, 2017231 Views

Should efforts to exile Canada’s pre-eminent founder, Sir John A. Macdonald, to the scrap heap of history be allowed to succeed? No. Anger at monuments and memorials misunderstands our history and misdirects our energy. It is not with the dead but with the living that lies the responsibility to realize further the promise of Canada. And that is why, for example, Sen. Murray Sinclair’s call to celebrate Indigenous heroes rather than vilify Sir John A. strikes the right balance.

Those who seek to expunge Sir John A.’s name from schools and monuments see our history as a caricature filled solely with racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism, militarism, genocide and environmental destruction. These are never weighed, however, against our impressive record of constitutional evolution, our incredible feats of nation-building infrastructure and institutions, our reconciliation of contending cultures, languages and religions and our tradition of sacrifice to preserve the values that we thought most important.

It is easy to criticize the past and the decisions made there. But it is a conceit of each and every generation that it alone is free from poor judgments, intellectual shortcomings and historical myopia. Rare is the succeeding generation that agrees.

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