The best gift I can give William Lyon Mackenzie -- who was born on this day in 1795 -- is to clear up some misconceptions about him.
He was more than just the rebellious rabble-rouser whose printing press was thrown into Lake Ontario.
In the first place -- and there's no other way to put this -- he was obnoxious.
WLM's critics had a point when they complained about the dubious accuracy of some of his claims.
What few people know, however, is that he actually drafted a awfully American-sounding constitution that included the right to bear arms. Not surprisingly, there aren't a lot of copies of it around.
(Mackenzie King loved America so much that he moved there briefly, but he later decided he hated it there, too and returned to Canada.)
The elites tell us that conservatism is unCanadian, but a closer look at William Lyon Mackenzie's life and legacy shows that this isn't really the case:
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