150 Years ago, Canada declared its sovereignty from the British Empire, becoming the Dominion of the Confederation of Canada. Prior to this, the territory now known as Canada had been settled by the Natives, the Vikings, the Portuguese, the French, and the English. These parties struggled for themselves and at the expense of each other in order to seize what they could and settle where they did, with various alliances and tensions forming here and there in order to advance the self interests of one collective or another.
It was under the efforts of John A. MacDonald that the predominantly english (yet secondarily French) citizens of this nation-state could come to expect the standard of living in the territory on which they live, for better and worse. Were MacDonald alive today, I’m sure he would’ve wanted things to have turned out for the best, and because of his efforts, we have certainly gained a lot, but unfortunately, his efforts and intentions are being diminished by those who have no appreciation for the system of law and infrastructure that has been established by our forefathers in our great nation.
MacDonald pushed for protection of the domestic economy, he fought against the tyranny of the majority in order to protect basic rights, he pushed to protect the demographic status of the European-descended majority, he fought against radical separatism and segregationism like that of Louis Riel, and he encouraged the integration of natives with the residential school system. It was because of MacDonald that we saw a lasting tradition of Euro-centric, government-led policies that were to the benefit of the Canadian economy and the Canadian citizenry. From MacDonald himself all the way to Mackenzie King, this tradition can be observed, having been prominent on the right until the National Conservatives were replaced by the Progressive Conservatives, and having been prominent on the Left during the rule of Mackenzie King and St. Laurent.
Now, a terrible shift has occurred.
Since the reign of Progressive Conservatives like Diefenbaker and Liberals like Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Canada has started to develop a bad conscience. Canada has become a nation that sees its colonial history, not as one of progress, but as one of regression. One must wonder if, by these standards, we will only achieve progress when we go back to the (pre-wheel) stone age that the natives were still living in before Europeans arrived. This should be quite telling when it comes to the interests of these politicians, which is that of a subversive agenda that seeks to reduce the Canadian heritage down to nothing, if not something worthless.
Since this bad conscience has developed, Canada has come to regard its colonial history as one of genocide and enslavement rather than integration and enrichment. But this sentiment has come to reach a peak since the beginning of the 2010’s.
To provide a brief timeline:
It was only in 2013 that the statue of Sir John A. MacDonald was vandalized with spray paint in Kingston, Ontario.
In 2015, there were protests on Sir John A. MacDonald’s birthday in front of his statue in Hamilton, Ontario.
In 2015, Premier Stephen McNiel called for the removal of Edward Cornwallis, the founder of Halifax.
In 2016, the statue of Edward Cornwallis was vandalized in Halifax.
In 2016, Wilfred Laurier University removed its statue of Sir John A. MacDonald.
In 2016, the Law Society of BC removed their statue of Justice Matthew Begbie on account of a hanging a group of riotous natives.
In 2017, the statues of John A. MacDonald and Queen Victoria were vandalized with red spray paint in Montreal.
In 2017, the Canadian Historical Association voted to rename the 40-year-old SirJohn A. MacDonald prize the “CHA prize for Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History.”
In 2017, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario agreed that the name of Sir John A. MacDonald should be removed from Ontario schools.
In 2018, the statue of Edward Cornwallis was removed in Halifax.
In 2018, the statues of Sir John A. MacDonald were vandalized in Victoria Park.
And now, as of this past week, the statue of Sir John A. MacDonald has been removed from the city hall in Victoria Park.
What should strike one as being noteworthy about these incidents are the extent to which radical and systemic efforts have aligned in trying to take down Canada’s heritage and history. In many ways, what is happening in this decade in Canada parallels what is happening in the US with the statues of General Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jefferson being removed in New Orleans and Florida. Given that this is the case, one should ask themselves the extent to which there might be an agenda overarching both radical and systemic efforts in Canada, the US, and the West to destroy the traditions of our great culture.
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