Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Possible Path Forward Sir John A's And Other Statues

This doesn't have to be an either we take the statues down or we don't situation.

Whether the statues are of Sir John A. MacDonald, Hector-Louis Langevin or other "Men of their time", there is an issue to come to grips with.  There is ample evidence that Sir John A. undoubtedly harboured prejudices against First Nations.  The most recent compendium of this stain on his legacy I have read is here.  If that doesn't do it for you, there are innumerable articles to drive the point home. 

Yes, there are some good markers in his record.  But that is not the point.  We need to address the racism of his record.  That response is an attempt to negate the evidence of his misdeeds.  In a way, removing the statue gives us a pass when it comes to dealing with his failings.  Canada needs to find a path to reconciliation with the First Nations without losing the good.  As a parallel point, Winston Churchill was undoubtedly a racist and imperialist.  But would we want to remove evidence of his contribution to defeating Hitler?

It is, at this point, worthwhile to draw a distinction between Canada's statues and the Confederate statue debate in the USA.  The dark side of SJAM has only recently entered the public discourse.  This may be overdue but such is the case.  Most of the statues being removed from the Southern States are not Civil War relics.  Most were erected during the Jim Crow in a response to the Civil Rights struggles of the 1950's and earlier.  I have not read any evidence that the statues in Canada were erected as a way to consciously underline the oppression of the First Nations under SJAM and others.

I propose that in a good faith effort at reconciliation, we remove the statues into storage when requested by the AFN or other legitimate entities.  Then have accepted authorities on the subject thrash out the bad (don't forget the Pacific Scandal) and good of his record and put it on the Heritage Canada website.  Replace the statue with a new plaque that reads something like this:
Sir John A. MacDonald was the founding Prime Minister of Canada.  He was, like all historical figures, a complex person.  Details of his legace may be found by scanning this QR Code.
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Something to encourage American patriots

This post is dedicated to American family, friends and any other Americans who happen to read this missive.

As I witness the events unfolding south of the border, it brings to mind a face off Canada had against the Soviet Union.  They spent decades preparing for an attack at the heart and soul of our self-image.   The people they deployed to mount the attack were among the very best in the world at their craft.

When they thought they were ready and that Canada was weak, they made their move.  The approach was directed and followed by the highest levels of the Kremlin.  Brezhnev himself was a fanatical fan.  That is right a fan.  Of hockey.  They were determined to beat us at our own game at the height of the Cold War.  A proxy battle on ice

And things looked grim.  We were down 3-1 in an 8 game series as the team headed towards Moscow.  A lot of Canadians started taking the side of the Soviets and said they were better than us.

In Moscow, Team Canada had to face bad food, bugged rooms and crooked referees.  It was no holds barred.

Going into the final game, the Soviets announced they were going to declare victory unless Canada won outright.  What happened?  Why don't we let Foster Hewitt spell it out for us?

Perhaps there is an allegory here.  Can a totalitarian system reap the rewards of decades of preparation and defeat a free people?  Not if the don't let them.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

My take on the Saudi's Hissy Fit

Two things.

First, bravo to Canada for standing up for human rights.  Perhaps, due to the encroaching tide of nativist hate from starboard, we will have to stand alone.  But I am for standing.

On the other hand, Chrystia Freeland did this by tweet?  I have a significant amount of respect for Minister Freeland and expect more from here than handling manners in this way.  The world is suffering from one person in a position of authority who tweets about important business.  That is one too many.

Release a statement to the press.  Hold a press conference.  There are many better ways to let the KSA know of our disapproval.  Don't give them the ammunition by using Twitter.  Use established diplomatic protocols for publizing our views.  We look the better for it.  And the Saudi's still would not be able to mount a response that passes the blsuh test.

In the final analysis, props to Canada for calling the KSA out, brickbats to the craven "leaders" in the USA, UK and elsewhere.  Who cares about the Saudi's?  The KSA is beneath contempt.Recommend this Post

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Tending the home fires

Like all other sentient beings, I have been aghast at the inconceivable political tragedy playing out to the south.  It has also been heart wrenching observing the stress the election of Trump has caused in my girlfriend's family back in her New England home.  As a Canadian, I have to be careful not to resort to smug claims that it couldn't happen here.

As a matter of fact, it most definitely could as we saw with the Snitch Line horror from the 2015 election and the ludicrous attempt to use the hijab as a campaign lever.  And the cynical use of this execrable tactic by Dr. Voldemart (She shall not be named).  But, whether through good luck or good virtue, we avoided the embarrassment of re-electing the Harper Horror.  As a result, we are feted as the last bulwark of openness.

It is a duty of all citizens of conscience to do what we can to confound the forces of hate whenever and wherever they raise their head from the muck.  As a Canadian, I rededicate this blog to excoriating the hate wherever it arises in my Home and Native Land so as to preserve what good we have and encourage us to improve.  If we are the last bastion of openness, we have a parallel to follow (with a few edits to reflect the current menace):
Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous the United States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo Breitbart and all the odious apparatus of Nazi Trump rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France Quebec, we shall fight ion the Maritimes seas and oceans Prairies, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the airwaves, we shall defend our chunk of the continent island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches Blogger, we shall fight on the editorial pages landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender...
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

He is "entitled to his entitlements"

If you were as generally loathed as Harper is, I wouldn't let him fly commercial either.  But the Conservatives led by Harper made great hay out of Don Dingwall's unfortunate English usage.  The Cons were successfully able to paint him as nickel and diming the taxpayers through expense claims.

The same accusation can't be leveled at Harper.  He isn't a hypocrite in the sense that he made expense claims for small personal amounts.  It is hypocritical to have railed against Liberal expenditures and then connived to underpay for personal flights on government jets.Recommend this Post