A building in Kingston where Sir John A. Macdonald operated his law practice from 1849 to 1860, was converted into a pub known as Sir John’s Public House.
After management received complaints from members of the Indigenous community due to Macdonald’s ties to the residential school system, owner Paul Fortier, raced to get new signage.
In a masterstroke of vapidity, the pub is now simply known as “The Public House”.
Fortier told the National Post that some customers and native organizations in the area said they could no longer do business with them and that the pub was no longer a safe place for them.
Someone of drinking age felt “unsafe” going into a building named Sir John?
What’s really at play here is yet another case of historical revisionism run amok. The residential schools were a mistake for the most part, but there was so much more to Sir John A. Macdonald than that.
And where do we go from here? Does McDonald’s Corp. need to change the name of its Golden Arches restaurants in Canada?
Sure, it isn’t spelled the same but we wouldn’t want to have anyone mistakenly triggered.