The other day, a crane rolled into a Halifax park and removed the statue of Edward Cornwallis.
The city’s founder is now statue-non-grata thanks to protestors who say he headed up a “scalping proclamation” offering a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi'kmaw native.
According to a CBC report, Rebecca Moore, a member of Pictou Landing First Nation says the statue’s removal will make for an “awesome step toward reconciliation.”
Will it really? Does the absence of a statue actually change anything for First Nations people?
We used to approach history with critical analysis and open debate as opposed to embracing the tyranny of censorship. Now, historical revisionism erases all teachable moments.
But hey, it’s 2018 so in the department of in for a penny, in for a pound, why doesn’t Halifax city council just demolish the entire city Cornwallis founded?
A century ago, Halifax was almost wiped off the map due to a catastrophic explosion in its harbour, but now Haligonians have more to fear from their own politicians bending to the whims of politically-correct squeaky wheels.