February 06, 2018

Halifax city councillors vote to remove statue of city’s “racist” founder

David MenziesMission Specialist


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.

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commented 2018-02-08 01:54:58 -0500
Nova Scotia has been in a welfare state time freeze for decades now… It is literally “frozen” as how to create jobs… Families attempting to establish new businesses find themselves going under in a year or two because of the government regulations… The most sought after jobs everywhere are “government union jobs”… From regional provincial agencies opening an office in your town to even “guaranteed for life” and much sought after cushy jobs like being a clerk at a government liquor store… Whatever, Nova Scotia is frozen in time, and the crackling, fading paint on once nice homes along every mile of every side road is vivid proof of that reality…
commented 2018-02-08 01:02:26 -0500
That’s true Ron… What we tolerate we not only encourage but subsidize as well.!!
commented 2018-02-07 11:42:53 -0500
Flat Earth Flat Water—excellent post ! The sad part is half of Nova Scotia would likely agree with you.
Terrible Government policies, both Federal and Provincial; leads to Welfare.
commented 2018-02-07 09:50:28 -0500
If we remove people who are not perfect from the history books,there will be blank pages since nobody is perfect.It seems they are looking for perfection when there isnt any.
commented 2018-02-07 03:42:50 -0500
We seriously need to reform Canada and define it with brand new borders… We cannot survive this snowflake mentality where everything has to be non-offensive and sanitized.. nova Scotia sits on $60 billion worth of natural gas and oil while having world class fishing grounds as well as industrial deep water ports.. But instead of developing their natural resources and becoming independent they have become A political burden and unrealistically needy to the point where they are required to be breast-fed until the 19 or 20 while collecting transfer payments from other provinces who have to work twice as hard to carry the useless .!!! The west needs to extricate ourselves of the lunacy that Canada has found itself in . This is no longer the country of my ancestors who were pioneers and settlers and carve a great nation from wilderness.
commented 2018-02-07 00:08:33 -0500
I just saw on TV the Sir John A. MacDonald pub, in Kingston Ont, was renamed. I knew they were discussing it but didn’t realize they actually did it.
commented 2018-02-06 23:37:37 -0500
Glen Craig—-Iroquois is the name of 6 combined tribes, starting in 1468 in New York. They are real. Here are two short videos about them, plus I remember them in my Grammar school history books.
commented 2018-02-06 22:24:43 -0500
@Ron Joseph….There is no such tribe as “Iroquois”….when Mohawks went on the warpath against the French in Quebec(New France) they cut their hair like punk rockers and painted their faces (so that the Great Spirit would not recognize them) and called themselves by the “nom-de guerre” of Iroquois…which means frightening man or badass…when they were not at war with the French they would fight their perrenial enemies the Wyandots (people of the Niagra Peninsula) whom the Dutch settlers called “Hurons” (whores from Hell)….who were notorious for letting their women torture captives by using their skill at preparing hides for tanning by scraping them with clam shells and shards of flint….they knew how to separate nerve tissue like a feather and “caress” it….this is where the expression “to get on your nerves” comes from.
commented 2018-02-06 19:47:57 -0500
The councilors who approved this need to be kicked out of office. Think this will appease the professional crybullies? Don’t count on it. They know weak, useless leaders when they see them. Expect a new list of demands.
commented 2018-02-06 19:41:58 -0500
The Iroquois boiled White Missionaries alive in a large cooking pot. Shouldn’t we go to Museums and remove large pots?
It appears that under this Government the White people are the only race that have no value.
commented 2018-02-06 17:34:18 -0500
Where are the people of Halifax? Why are we allowing the lunatic fringe to destroy our history?
commented 2018-02-06 16:30:10 -0500
Ignoring history dooms one to repeating it………………………..
commented 2018-02-06 15:33:48 -0500
There is a desire to eradicate teachable moments and critical thinking….this wildly interferes with group think mentality and PC language edicts authoritarian leftist regressives are pushing on society.
commented 2018-02-06 14:52:03 -0500
When I was teaching in the Former Soviet Union one of my students was a city councillor. There was a n understandable rush to tear down statues of Lenin and Stalin and Marx. But he voted against removing the huge statue of Lenin in then city, He said they needed it to remind themselves of who they were and where they had come from.

Unfortunately our snowflake mentality has to erase history with the unfortunate result that we cannot learn from our history- just as Trudeau attempted to order news services around the word to erase the report that a muslim man had been arrested in the QC mosque shooting. As Oliver Cromwell said, “paint me warts and all”.
commented 2018-02-06 14:16:00 -0500
Halifax City Council should be ashamed of themselves. What Cornwallis ordered was self defense, against, what he saw as a bunch of Savages. I don’t suggest that he was right in his assumption but that was what he assumed. This is a fact of history and it cannot be changed. Just because some idiot Dorothy Do Right thinks the Statue is racist is stupidity.

You cannot change history! Though many Politicians try.
commented 2018-02-06 12:52:50 -0500
More Mi’kmaq’s died of lung disease from smoke , burning wood in Teepees, so to be fair Teepees should be torn down and removed from any parks and or historical references as they promote genocide, oh yes and climate change.
commented 2018-02-06 12:22:42 -0500
Are they going to replace it with a stature of our newly anointed dictator Justin Mohammed Trudeau??
commented 2018-02-06 11:33:08 -0500
First Nations people are being used. They don’t realize what they are ushering in. They are being put up to this. Look at history for Gods sake. Where else and just before what events have they torn down all our statues before? Erasing our forefathers and founders, attempting to rewrite history. This is a very dangerous game and I think only a few at the top really understand the ramifications and what is coming next.
This is sickness.
commented 2018-02-06 11:21:13 -0500
Well if the man’s statue should be removed it would seem, by the same logic, that city he founded should be razed to the ground and covered over as well. In for a penny indeed.
commented 2018-02-06 11:13:36 -0500
The left loves to scold everyone NOT to judge other cultures based upon some imaginary “Cultural Relevance” ideals. Well these men of the past, as flawed as we view them through today’s eyes, were Culturally Relevant to their time and place.