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Canada Letters to the editor: 'Cancelling' Sir John A. Macdonald – 'This madness has to end'

03:05  17 october  2020
03:05  17 october  2020 Source:   nationalpost.com

Queen's University to remove Sir John A. Macdonald's name from law school

  Queen's University to remove Sir John A. Macdonald's name from law school Queen's University says it is renaming its law school, Sir John A. Macdonald Hall, after significant consideration and months of public consultation. The Kingston, Ont., university's move follows mounting calls across the country to remove monuments commemorating its first prime minister, who is also recognized as the architect of the residential school system. Last week, a Macdonald nameplate was removed from a statue in Regina in protest and, this past summer, a statue of him was toppled in Montreal.Also in Kingston, where Macdonald grew up, there are calls to remove his statue from a local park, though the mayor has so far rebuffed them.

In today’s letters to the editor : Should Kingston remove Sir John A . Macdonald ’s statue?; Andrew Scheer and insurance; Jagmeet Singh and Bill 21 The actions of people who lived before our time could never reflect our current morality and thoughts. Sir John A . Macdonald certainly got things very

Letters of Sir John A . Macdonald . From my personal collection. "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years".

a statue in front of a building: Remnants of the original entrance to Sir John A. Macdonald Hall sit in a scrap pile at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. © Provided by National Post Remnants of the original entrance to Sir John A. Macdonald Hall sit in a scrap pile at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.

Decrying ‘the ignorant ideology of historical revisionism’

Re: Sir John A. Macdonald meets cancel culture , Bruce Pardy, Oct. 14

Although I’ve done a little reading on the man, I don’t know enough about John A. Macdonald to declare him “saint” or “sinner.” Am I allowed to wonder whether Macdonald was no more racist and/or no less racist than any other Victorian?

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Does John A . Macdonald have warts in terms of his historical record and beliefs? Macdonald 's legacy is large and diverse. The issue raised by the ETFO is about far more than Macdonald , though. Click here to subscribe. If you would like to write a letter to the editor , please forward it to

Yesterday, John said, This afternoon I'll bring back your book Conflict in the Middle East; however, he did not return it. Can you believe, Dot asked me, that it has been "No," the taxi driver said curtly, "I cannot get you to the airport in fifteen minutes." "I believe," Jack remarked, "that the best time of year

And may I suggest that, insofar as the Queen’s University Law Faculty, in its wisdom, has decided John A. is not up to 2020 moral snuff, that, in all fairness, Queen’s should put under the microscope the dozens of names of all those other (mostly dead, I respectfully assume) achievers and notables or the deep-pocketed after whom campus buildings are named — starting with, say, Queen Victoria.

Only those who, after thorough vetting, remain squeaky clean by 2020 standards du jour should be permitted to remain recognized for whatever. But Queen’s vetting committees better move quickly, as these “ standards du jour ” are changing as we speak.

Fraser Petrick, Kingston, Ont.

Bruce Pardy has provided your readers with very cogent reasons to decry cancel culture and to fear the legacy that many universities are creating for themselves. Some time after Donald Trump’s election, Barack Obama said that human progress does not proceed in a straight line but rather, it zigs and zags. In other words, in the overall scheme of things, the Visigoths may be just as important contributors to human progress as Julius Caesar or Winston Churchill.

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Most notably, Mr. Pardy made no mention of what name the faculty board has proposed in place of Sir John A. Macdonald Hall. I shall presume this is because the faculty board deliberately evaded this important matter. I therefore respectfully recommend that the board of trustees of Queen’s University rename its law building The Former Sir John A. Macdonald Hall and await, perhaps indefinitely, suggestions of other names that might enjoy broader support.

Patrick Cowan, Toronto

The “cancel culture” infiltration at Queen’s University and elsewhere is today’s iteration of Communist China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of the ’60s and ’70s and the more recent Taliban destruction of Buddhist statues in Afghanistan … the ignorant ideology of historical revisionism.

Morton Doran, Fairmont, B.C.

In the interest of academic rigour, one assumes Queen’s University is calling for the elimination of slave owner Chief Joseph Brant’s name from public reference. Or is this respected institution of higher learning revealing a rather parochial bias? And in Kingston yet! Ah, the irony.

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The first letter had come six months before, he did not read it and threw it into the fire. No man ever had less reason for jealousy than Ainsley. The firm had a contract for the construction of a private railroad. For Richards and me it was mostly an easy job of inspections and routine paper work.

Douglas L, Martin, Hamilton, Ont.

Prof. Bruce Pardy’s column in defence of John A. is a testament of historical wisdom. Of course, the professor is right in defending the reputation of the great man who, almost single-handedly, created this country in the first instance and expanded it from coast to coast. John A. was very enlightened by the standards of his time. And for Prof. Pardy to defend John A. in the face of the onslaught from the critical theorists who dominant universities today took Churchillian courage. Pardy will no doubt be viciously harassed for speaking the truth, a commodity apparently in short supply at Queen’s.

Barry Kirkham, West Vancouver

History has witnessed many occasions where the barbarians swept down from the north or came out of the eastern steppes to raid, loot and pillage places of learning. Now, it appears as if the barbarians are within the university itself, and, with the assistance of the nihilistic, no-nothing cancel culture mob, are tearing down one of the glories of Western civilization, our universities. Many universities seem to have entirely forgotten their raison for being. While removing a name from a building may seem a small matter now, it would signify the trustees’ acquiescence to a form of mob rule. In sum, Sir John A. Macdonald is just collateral damage in a great intellectual struggle for the soul of Western civilization. It is so ironic that Queen’s, supposedly a bastion of the intellect and the search for truth, should seemingly join forces with a bunch of no-nothings. Should the board of trustees assent to this change, then they should bow their heads in shame. Let us hope that Prof. Purdy is wrong, and that it is not too late to halt the barbarians.

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Allan E. Jones, Ottawa

Please join me in demanding that Queen’s University Principal, Patrick Deane, resign immediately (de-platformed/cancelled) for wasting taxpayers’ money, resources and time on recommendations that Sir John A’s name be removed from Queen’s School of Law.

Professors, teachers and parents should be teaching our history, not cancelling it.

Wilf Johnston, Kingston, Ont.

Bruce Pardy is a hero. He is a maverick. Let all of us raised in the 1970s and 1980s rise to support him. The iGen cohort of “safetyism” and fragility has been bred since 2010 by the emergence of psyche-destructive social media and paranoid parenting. This madness needs to end. Say what you will about Sir John A. Macdonald, he is still the founding father of Canada and our first prime minister. Nobody in our nation’s past is beyond reproach, but to hold them to a modern-day standard of “wokeness” is ridiculous. What happened on Queen’s campus just reinforces why I’m so happy and proud I went to Western during the late 1980s.

Jen Mazzarolo, Ancaster, Ont.

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Seniors in long-term care homes treated ‘like inmates’

Re: Ontario’s cruel treatment of seniors , Vivian Bercovici, Oct. 16

Canada’s former ambassador to Israel, Vivian Bercovici, in her open letter to Premier Doug Ford, was hard hitting but described the plight of our seniors during the pandemic perfectly. The province has shuttered these people, who are trying to live out the rest of the few years that remain in dignity, like inmates on death row and probably worse.

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Completely shutting down long-term care centres has caused far more damage than anything else; being away from family and friends is terrible for any age group but to deprive these people — who for the most part have worked hard, paid their taxes and helped build communities — of life’s basic needs is horrendous and will go down in history as a terrible black mark. I hope Doug Ford reads this piece and rethinks his strategy for the elderly. Time is of the essence.

Stephen Flanagan, Ottawa

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Full impact of COVID not borne by all in Canada’s ‘two-tiered’ society

Re: Unequal impact of COVID , Rex Murphy, Oct. 15

Rex Murphy forgot in his subdued comments concerning the two-tiered impact of COVID-19 to mention that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave himself and all the federal MPs a salary increase on April 1, just as much of the working population was losing their jobs or accepting reduced wages. Furthermore, in July the federal civil service also received wage increases.

In the Canada of the Trudeau Liberals, there certainly is a two-tiered system.

Laurence Turner, Beaconsfield, Que.

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Why not reduce dairy prices?

Re: How to save Canadian milk , Oct. 15

Strangely, the report does not seem to mention reducing the cost of dairy products to Canadians; that would be a sure way of increasing consumption. As I understand it, the dairy farmers of Canada do very well, financially, regardless of competition from outside. More sales would surely compensate for the price reduction.

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It would also slow the stampede to U.S. border outlets taken by so many Canadian (for sure especially from the Greater Vancouver area ) in order to avail themselves of so much “ cheaper “ dairy products there — when the borders reopen, that is.

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Border agency responds to article on toxic chemicals

Re: Toxic chemicals seized by CBSA still not properly managed: audit report , Oct. 13

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to assure readers that the large quantities of chemicals which represent well over 95 per cent of the volume, were disposed of by the end of March 2020. We would also like to share that as part of the actions taken by our agency to implement strategies to manage the national inventory (i.e., backlog) of small and large quantities of precursor chemicals, those precursors identified in the audit that posed the highest health and safety risk were disposed of in October 2019. Many of these disposals were completed in partnership with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), the RCMP and contracted authorities.

We continue to work productively with our Government of Canada partners to ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly defined. We also continue to review our policies regarding precursor chemicals and adapt to changes as required to ensure the safety and security of Canadians. And we are committed to continuing this important work.

While the agency has already made great strides, we continue to take appropriate steps to respond to global trends and threats. Some concrete examples include:

• adopting a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2020 with PSPC to provide a high-level overview of the management of all seized goods, not just precursor chemicals;

• continuing to build on the relationship with the RCMP, through the MOU, by outlining proper roles and responsibilities, and establishing a weekly conference call with partners;

• working to leverage PSPC’s comprehensive control and tracking system; and

• completing the implementation of tracking tools and mapping the process flow/details, in collaboration with PSPC.

The recommendations advanced through this audit will only continue to improve our policies and practices, which is at the heart of our business: keeping Canadian communities safe.

Peter Hill, Vice-President, Commercial and Trade Branch, Canada Border Services Agency

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