Editor’s Note: In the words of author and historian Richard Gwin, “Canada would not have existed without Sir John A. Macdonald.” McDonald’s wasn’t the only federal father. He worked relentlessly to unite Canada, save western territory from the annexation by the United States, and negotiate for the benefit of Canada among the great powers. The Epoch Times publishes a multi-part series that examines McDonald’s heritage as it erases Canadian historical figures and breaks ties with Canada’s past, which has intensified in recent months.
By the hands of Canada’s didactic elite, the strong liberal and conservative consensus that led to the development of Canada’s country has almost expired.
The lives and times of basic leaders such as Conservative Prime Minister John A. Macdonald and Liberal Party Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier are no longer considered valuable research subjects for Canadian school children.
Today, our roots are believed to be irreparably poisoned by the flaws of those who have come before us. The reputation of the deceased founder is a constant target in the rhetorical field of cultural warfare.
Killing Canadian ancestors has become a top priority for Canadian educators.
For Canada’s new “awakened” establishment, one of the main targets of destruction has been revealed to be the legacy of the country’s founding Prime Minister, Sir John A. McDonald.
The statue of John A. was deleted or destroyed, and his photo of the $ 10 bill was replaced... Several high schools named after McDonald’s have been renamed, and postmodern scholars have worked overtime to deconstruct his contribution to the development of the Canadian state.
Earlier this year, the Halifax Regional Education Center near my own residence in Nova Scotia announced that John A. McDonald’s High School in Upper Tantalon would be renamed Bayview High School.
Candid students and educators lined up enthusiastically to throw the first stone to commemorate Canada’s longtime founder.
In a video statement posted on YouTube, Grace Albert, co-chairman of the Student Organization, said: “By having our name, we support values that the school does not support. By changing this name, much from the influence of the school’s minority groups, especially Sir John A. McDonald. We can better support the indigenous peoples who had to experience the trauma of their generation and move towards truth and reconciliation. “
Although some local opposition to the name change was expressed, in a letter to parents, the principal, Darlene Fitzgerald, clearly supported the decision. “This is really easy for me,” she said last November when she announced that the name would be changed.
The “oppressor oppression” paradigm is at the heart of the neo-Marxist mega-narrative that is prevalent in Canadian schools and college faculty and staff rooms.
Canada’s current contempt for McDonald’s is laser-focused on the widely recognized abuse of indigenous peoples by the succession of the North American colonial empire and government.
A deadly cultural clash between European immigrants and indigenous peoples of North America unfolded over a period of about four centuries. Sometimes it led to what current standards consider to be a relentless level of repression and injustice.
The vast majority of modern scholars, educators and citizenship activists tell the founding Prime Minister of Canada, and those who hear that the country as a whole has a unique responsibility for the tragic suffering of indigenous peoples.
McDonald’s toughest critics argue that the plight of indigenous peoples and the placement of indigenous children in the federal housing school system were not the result of tragic accidents or false policies in history. They claim that Canada’s first prime minister has set out to eradicate indigenous peoples in a deliberate genocide.
Canadians deserve a fair explanation of our history
Like most of us, John Alexander McDonald was heavily influenced by his personal experience. He was a descendant of the Scottish family, which has been the faithful subject of the crown since the defeat of Pretender at the Battle of Culloden.
In the Victorian British Empire, it was generally believed that replacing indigenous culture with European civilization was a pragmatic and moral act. Founding Victorian reformers and missionaries consider today’s awakened social justice warriors to be “primitive” indigenous people, just as they are considered Brexit voters, MAGA supporters, and members of the National Party of Canada. It was.
The modern progressive elite of the Victorian era wanted everyone to be integrated into an orderly Christian, Protestant, and Enlightenment culture. In the former French and Spanish territories, assimilation into agrarian societies, Roman Catholic societies were considered the most “uplifting” and productive paths that indigenous peoples could take.
Nevertheless, few deny that the McDonald’s government’s indigenous policies were a traumatic product of the time.
To protect McDonald’s
There are still cool observers of history who admire what McDonald’s has accomplished in the context of his time.
Early January Joint initiative Sir John A. Macdonald’s friends and the McDonald’s Laurier Institute (MLI) bring together about 200 historians, policy professionals, educators, business leaders, public and ideological leaders to defend McDonald’s. Signed a joint statement.
Their statement appeared on the National Post as a full-page ad, but received little attention from Canadian legacy media. The signatories have moved away from progressive mega-narratives and opposed the contempt piled up in John A’s heritage. They thanked McDonald’s for their contribution to the development of the Canadian state and considered it worthy of thoughtful measurement.
“All Canadians deserve a complete story about McDonald’s, the founding of Canada, and Canada’s history in general. Only then can a rational view of its historical record be formed. “They insisted.
Like Sir John A. Macdonald’s friends and MLI readers, Epoch Times readers are generally devoted to an open and fair mode of historical inquiry. Mature citizens, parents and grandparents also have a vested interest in understanding what is taught in Canadian schools.
As a post-pandemic “return to school” project, The Epoch Times will publish a series of articles on McDonald’s heritage and the current controversy surrounding it.
We hope that a more complete understanding of the man, his time, and his legacy will contribute to the true truth and spirit of reconciliation that every Canadian seeks.
William Brooks is a Canadian writer who contributes to The Epoch Times in Halifax, Nova Scotia.He is currently the editor of “”Canadian “Citizen’s Conversation”‘■ Civitas Society.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.