Trudeau is vilifying John A. Macdonald to score cheap political points
The Trudeau government’s latest attempt to re-write Canadian history and run-down Canada’s first Prime Minister hit close to home… Sir John A. Macdonald’s one-time home, to be precise.
Mere days before this Canada Day – a holiday made possible by Macdonald’s Confederation determination – the Trudeau Liberals announced they would be re-casting Macdonald’s narrative as part of an ongoing renovation of Bellevue House in Kingston.
(Macdonald and his family only lived at Bellevue for about a year, but it’s now a national historic site and focal point for tourists.)
Trudeau’s MP for the area, Mark Gerretsen, proudly re-announced money to fix up the place.
Buried deep in a background document, though, we find that the government will also “renew” and “update” the “visitor experience” at Bellevue.
That’s Trudeau-speak for casting 21st Century judgment on 19th Century leaders’ actions.
Sir John A. has recently become a lightning rod for the social justice warrior set that Trudeau needs to court if he has any hope of winning re-election in October.
As PM, Trudeau has sacrificed his predecessor’s image and memory in the name of ‘reconciliation.’
He removed Macdonald from the $10 bills that are common currency for Canadians who still carry paper money.
He was silent when the Canadian Historical Association removed his Macdonald’s name from a prestigious book prize they’d handed out annually for decades.
And when Ontario teachers pushed for Macdonald’s name to be removed from schools across the province? Again, crickets from the Prime Minister’s Office (which, incidentally, is in a building that used to be named after Macdonald’s public works minister, but that too has been changed.)
Poor Sir John A… Yesterday’s father of a nation. Today’s whipping boy.
Canada’s first Prime Minister was admittedly imperfect.
He was human. We are all flawed in our own way.
He was also a product of his time. And his critics often miss important context.
They point to cherry-picked quotes referring to Indigenous people as “savages.”
But can anyone reasonably argue that our Indigenous peoples would be better off today if what is now Canada had fallen under American control?
(That was a very real possibility had Confederation efforts failed.)
Some critics don’t like how Macdonald’s government treated different groups while building our railway or quashing Prairie rebellions.
Building a country is tough work it turns out.
And Macdonald had just witnessed Americans nearly tear their country apart in a bloody Civil War.
Compared to some of his contemporaries, Macdonald was positively progressive.
The first two US Presidents who served during Macdonald’s time in office owned slaves.
Canadians should reflect on our history and redress past wrongs where needed.
But what is most galling about Trudeau’s complicity in the Macdonald revisionist movement is its pure partisanship.
Sir Wilfired Laurier, namesake of roads, hotels, schools and even the Liberal Party of Canada’s own club for top donors, wasn’t much different than Macdonald in his treatment of Indigenous peoples. He also signed an order keeping black Americans out of Canada and massively raised a head tax on Chinese migrants.
Later, Mackenzie King refused entry to a boatload of European Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.
Louis St-Laurent’s government changed the Indian Act and paved the way for what would become known as the Sixties Scoop.
Has our current PM, a near non-stop apologist, moved to erase those predecessors’ names or re-write their narratives?
Not on your life.
And there’s the rub.
Just months before our next election…with his own approval ratings tanked…our current PM is finding political expediency in denigrating a founding father over others.
That shouldn’t stand.
Historical revisionism is fraught, and even more so if you do it selectively.
Trudeau’s legacy may be one of apologizing for Canada.
Macdonald’s legacy remains Canada itself – the true north, strong and free – and, 152 years on, the greatest country in the world. Warts and all.
Happy Canada Day.
An Indian man has died after being attacked by his own rooster en route to a cockfight.
According to local police, Saripalli Chanavenkateshwaram Rao was killed after the man’s rooster slashed him in the neck with a blade tied on the rooster’s claw.
The man was taken to the hospital where he succumbed from his injuries.
A police officer told CNN that Rao was a local cockfighter, with his cock having attempted to run away on the way to his cockfight.
Rao hailed from a southern Indian village in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and passed away at the age of 55.
The Independent reported that the man was cut in the stomach rather than the neck, and was holding the cock to his stomach.
Though cockfights became illegal in India in 1960, cock enthusiasts continue to pit the birds against each other as a form of gambling and entertainment. The practice remains popular, as many believe state authorities “turn a blind eye” towards it.
“It is not just for entertainment that these animals are made to fight, but it is [also] due to the heavy betting and gambling that goes on in the garb of these events,” one animal rights activist told CNN.
The country’s Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld a ban on cockfights, to little avail.
Potential leadership candidate Richard Decarie has been lampooned by Conservative leadership contenders after he suggested that being gay was a choice.
Speaking on CTV’s Power Play program, Decarie stated that LGBTQ was a “Liberal term,” and that homosexuality was a “choice,” sparking outrage within Conservative circles who are desperately attempting to seem less anachronistic.
Decarie is a prospective leadership contender. His qualifications include serving as Harper’s deputy chief of staff and was also an advisor to Quebec Liberal premier Jean Charest.
Leadership frontrunner and former Harper minister Peter MacKay responded to Decarie’s comment by saying, “Being gay is not a choice and nobody should be running for office on a platform to roll back hard-won rights.” MacKay rounded all this up nicely by posting an image of the top candidates condemning Decarie: “The future of the Conservative Party looks bright.”
Conservative MP and leadership candidate Marilyn Gladu, who distanced herself from the abortion debate, and offered to march in a gay pride parade, told her twitter following that “I have been clear: I will stand up for the rights and freedoms of every Canadian. What has been said is unacceptable.”
Former Harper Minister, Conservative Shadow Minister of Finance, and Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre also rapidly responded to Decarie’s comments by saying that his utterances were “as unacceptable as they are ignorant … Being gay is NOT a choice. Being ignorant is.”
Leadership contender and former Veteran Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole, who also serves as the Conservative Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs, similarly slated the former Harper staffer. O’Toole stated indignantly, “The Conservative Party is open to ALL Canadians.”
Twitter user Yukon Strong, 40-year-old hunting guide, photographer and IT manager DJ Sumanik, has recently been on a mission to destroy Justin Trudeau’s anti-gun narrative, and has done so in just two minutes.
In a two-minute video, Yukon Strong uses numbers from Statistics Canada on handguns, and “military-style semi-automatics,” a loosely defined term.
The breakdown of weapons used in a homicide clearly shows that handguns are the most used weapons for murders, despite being tightly regulated and federally registered because the majority of gun crime is committed with illegal guns smuggled in from America, which was hammered home by Winnipeg Const. Rob Carver who called the ban “nonsense”.
“Handguns are tightly regulated, they’re federally registered since the 1930s, you need serial numbers, addresses, owners, they’re all tracked every 24 hours by the RCMP, and you need special permits authorization to transport in order to take them to a gun range, and that is the only place that you can go to with a handgun,” Yukon Strong explains.
Despite the fact that long guns and hunting rifles aren’t as tightly monitored, handguns are used much more often for gun crime.
Yukon Strong also found some old footage of Trudeau saying he wouldn’t take guns away from Canadians.
A full breakdown of the graph, which includes data by Stats Can, can be found here.
Lawful Canadian gun owners have filled out a petition that has over 90,000 signatures calling for the proposed gun ban to be scrapped, which dwarfs another petition calling for their ban.
A video of a Chinese woman eating a bat in its entirety at a high-end restaurant has gone viral after it is believed they are the source of the coronavirus. There are other videos of Cantonese chefs preparing bat soup.
Emerging in Wuhan, central China, last month the disease has already taken the lives of at least 17 people with more than 590 cases of infection. The city is on complete lockdown according to the Daily Mail.
There is little known about the new strain of virus, other than that it causes pneumonia. Scientists believe it might have spread from snakes or bats to humans.
Coronavirus is linked to the same virus that led to the SARS epidemic in 2003 and leading Chinese virologists fear that this new deadly strain of coronavirus could lead to an outbreak 10 times worse than the previous one.
China has locked down its third city in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. The major Lunar New Year events that had been planned for Beijing have been cancelled. Train stations have been shut down in Ezhou. In Huanggang, public schools, trains, cinemas and internet cafes have all been temporarily closed down. All flights have been cancelled in Wuhan and citizens are banned from leaving which has caused panic and people to fight over food supplies.
With almost 600 patients currently infected with the disease, officials predict that at least as many as 10,000 more could be undiagnosed in Wuhan alone. Experts say no virus has spread this quickly since SARS.
Chinese officials are showering the streets with gas in hopes of disinfecting entire streets at a time and roadside quarantine tents are leaving many residents in great fear of what is to come. One resident described the feeling of the city as ‘the end of the world’ in a recent BBC interview.
The coronavirus has left China as well due to travellers who’ve landed in the U.K. and the U.S. One man landed in Washington state from China and was infected with the virus but was not diagnosed until Monday, five days after he returned from China. He is said to have had close contact with at least 16 people within that time period. He is now been quarantined. The main fear is that the virus will mutate and become even deadlier.
An increasing amount of pressure is being placed on the World Health Organization to declare the coronavirus as a public health emergency crisis such as Ebola or Zika were in the past. Wuhan’s Health Commission has reported the city is full of patients with a high fever and that hospital beds are in short supply.
British government ministers have issued a shutdown on flights from Wuhan and are effectively quarantining any passengers entering the country from China. One professor warned that the death rate from coronavirus holds a semblance to the 1918 pandemic of Spanish Flu which took the lives of more than 50 million people.
What data is known thus far about the coronavirus suggests that one in fifty people who contract it will die.