The City of Victoria has uprooted its statue of Sir John A. Macdonald.
The statue was placed on a truck, and just like that, Canada’s founding father was whisked away during the wee hours of the night, when nothing good ever seems to happen.
But Victoria City Council weren’t quite done with their revisionism. For when the dust settled, a plaque was erected where the statue of Sir John once stood. The plaque condemns our first prime minister as a racist, noting that he was “a leader of violence against Indigenous peoples.”
But what of all the good Sir John did? He was the architect of our great dominion. He was a dreamer, a builder, a visionary, a founder. In fact, Sir John actually pushed for the right of Aboriginal men to vote without giving up their status. Indisputably, Sir John A. Macdonald was a great man. But like all great men, he was a flawed man.
He was by no means perfect, but really, who is?
So how does the removal of a statue alter any of the mistakes of yesteryear? In the here and now, how does such an act of grotesque vandalism change anything on those reserves in Canada that continue to struggle?
And is there not some perverse irony at play here? Consider the name of this city: Victoria, so named for Queen Victoria, situated in the province of British Columbia. If there’s any place in Canada that smacks of colonialism and so-called “Euro-centric white privilege”, welcome to Super, Natural B.C. as the tourism folk like to call it.
Yet, given the eradication of the Sir John statue, one can only wonder how long it will be before this patch of real estate is renamed, too. Because surely the statue’s removal is only the beginning as the progressives continue to tinker and reimage and rebrand Canada into some revisionist realm that’s more to... Their liking.
Let's demonstrate to those vandals on Victoria City Council that we, as proud Canadians, will not go quietly into the night.
Please sign the petition below and help put an end to the madness!
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The city of Victoria must stop their vandalism of Canadian history and to return the statue of Sir John A Macdonald to his rightful place outside city hall.