‘Trashing Canada’s First Prime Minister’

January 11th was the birthday of Canada’s first Prime Minister.  Aboriginal groups and their university supporters continue doing everything they can to smear his name as part of the denigration of Canada: ERBLTrashingCanadasFirstPrimeMinister2016-800x800‘Ceremony honouring Sir John A. Macdonald target of protests, vandalism’  

“….a small group of protesters has a radically different view of Canada’s first prime minister, going so far as to call Macdonald a “genocidal maniac”.  

“The ‘passions’ {‘hatred’} escalated overnight, ahead of Monday’s commemoration, when vandals slashed the tires of the event organizer Art Milnes’ car and splashed red paint on the vehicle. They did the same to the car belonging to a local ‘Liberal’ Member of Parliament…  

“While the tires can be fixed or replaced and the paint can be cleaned, he was most disturbed by one other act — a burned Canadian flag left at his own home…  

“Three years ago, vandals also defaced the Macdonald statue, located in City Park, by tossing red paint on it and spray painting the message “This is stolen land” and the words “murderer” and “colonizer” on its base.  

    “Would people commemorate the crimes that Hitler did? Because this is basically the same principle”, said Natasha Stirrett, a protester with ‘Idle No More Kingston’. “He committed crimes against humanity. So that means in celebrating him, even his legacy, is already with the blood of ‘indigenous’ people {‘descendants of Siberian settlers’}.”

“Protesters were on site Monday, holding signs calling Macdonald a “murderer” and burning his effigy. 

    “We live in a country that allows us to judge that history, whereas there are many parts of the world where people aren’t given that luxury”, said MP Mark Geertsen. “I think that’s one of the things that Sir John A. [Macdonald] gave us — which is probably the richest irony in all of this.” 



To help counter this hateful propaganda, here’s a re-post of last year’s piece celebrating Macdonald`s 200th birthday…

“Sunday {Jan.11, 2015} marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister. If you’ve been keeping up with debate in the media, you’ll have seen a tumultuous to-ing and fro-ing of opinion about our “founding father”. The man is seen both as a progressive foundational leader and as a racist, genocidal drunk… 

“The case in support of Sir John A.’s legacy would argue he pushed for the negotiation of treaties with ‘First Nations’ {‘Siberian settler communities’} people in what is now Western Canada as a necessary first step in his plan to unite the country coast to coast.  

“This contrasts with the United States’s approach to dealing with ‘First Nations’ via military force, with treaties being signed only after military defeat. In Canada, in part due to Sir John A., treaties prevented wars.  

“He was, in fact, our most ardent and first anti-American leader and, thanks to that and his approach to Canadians treaties, he prevented the western provinces from eventually being annexed by the U.S.  

“On top of this, Sir John A. brought in legislation that gave voting rights to ‘First Nations’ people without them having to give up their treaty rights, via the ‘Franchise Act of 1885’. Repealed in 1898 by Wilfrid Laurier, this left ‘First Nations’ people without the vote in Canada until 1960. I would say Sir John A.’s actions in this regard were nothing short of progressively global, especially for the time period.  

“Concurrently, however, the Father of Confederation was implementing policies ‘indigenous’ researchers have called ‘racist’ and even ‘genocidal’…  

“How we write and rewrite Sir John A.’s legacy will shape how we write and rewrite Canada. Some will use the opportunity to push self-victimization; some will use the opportunity to push an oppressive colonial ‘assimilate or perish’ mindset.  

“What we do know is that, as a country, as we mature, we have to see our founding fathers and mothers as the human beings they were. Imperfect, tarnished, struggling, yet fundamental to who we are today…  

“How we judge Sir John will determine how we judge and, ultimately, shape Canada. Let’s not pretend our history is all glory and romance, but let’s also not dwell in the cellar of our collective horrors, either. That, and some healthy optimism, can allow us to see our founding fathers for who they were and take the best from them.  

“As Mark Twain grew older, he learned his father was human and that, despite his flaws, he could indeed learn more than a few things from him. We need not ask more of our founding fathers.”  

–‘Reframing Sir John A.’,
James B. Wilson, Winnipeg Free Press, Jan.10, 2015

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/reframing-sir-john-a-288134751.html MacdonaldOnFire-0-3“This is unfair, they didn’t know the things we know”,

said Don Smith, a historian at the University of Calgary, responding to modern-day criticism of Macdonald.  

“Richard Gwyn, the author of a bestselling two-volume biography of Macdonald, warned in a recent piece for ‘The Walrus’ that Canadians are lazily using the country’s founder as a “scapegoat” for the sins of the past.  

    “While Macdonald did make mistakes, so did Canadians, collectively”, he said…  

“Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Macdonald’s Liberal successor, was famously responsible for boosting the Chinese head tax to $500 in 1903. In 1886, Laurier told the House of Commons that it was moral for Canada to take lands from “savage nations”, so long as they paid adequate compensation.  

“A native-ruled Canada would  

    “forever have remained barren and unproductive, but which under civilised rule would afford homes and happiness to teeming million”, he said.  

“Below the border, even Abraham Lincoln, Macdonald’s 1860s contemporary, held the view that as soon as the Civil War was over, the United States should get to work shipping all its black people back to Africa. As the 16th president said in 1858,  

    “there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”  

“Compared to the age he inhabited, say defenders, Macdonald was comparatively tolerant. He hung out with Irishmen, he had native friends, he urged unity with French speakers and he candidly acknowledged that the Canadian project was not going well for the country’s ‘indigenous’ inhabitants…  

Macdonald oversaw the execution of Louis Riel, yes, but the man had staged two violent rebellions against his government.  

    “We still admire the way he tried to get Canadians to co-operate”, wrote historian Ged Martin in a recent piece. “But we don’t like the price that had to be paid, in sleaze and pork, to keep the country working together.”

“As Don Smith noted in one of the few papers ever drafted on Macdonald’s aboriginal policy, the first Prime Minister was also somewhat progressive in his belief in ‘aboriginal title’ as something to be extinguished with treaties.

Other politicians of the era reasoned that the natives had never owned the land in the first place, so it was free for the taking.  

“In the 1880s, a landmark Ontario court decision ruled that  

    “there is no Indian title in law or in equity. The claim of the Indians is simply moral and no more.”

“As the ugly business of nation-building goes, Macdonald can still boast some of history’s cleanest hands.  

Unlike Germany’s Otto von Bismarck, Macdonald didn’t unify Canada by engineering a series of bloody foreign wars. He never owned people, like George Washington. And he never personally killed anyone, like Simon Bolivar.  

“And even within the 19th century British Empire, the devastating relocation of several thousand native peoples was barely a blip.”  

–‘Sure, John A. Macdonald was a racist, colonizer and misogynist — but so were most Canadians back then’,
Tristin Hopper, National Post, January 10, 2015

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/sure-john-a-macdonald-was-was-a-racist-colonizer-and-misogynist-but-so-were-most-canadians-back-then John-A-Macdonald-in-the-1891-election600“From a scholarly point of view, Richard Gwyn’s marvellous two-volume biography, published in 2007 and 2011, has provided a much fuller account of Macdonald’s life than the caricature of a crooked drunk who somehow stumbled though the founding of a transcontinental nation which he served as Prime Minister of for 19 years.  

“The enduring power of that caricature was evident in the bicentenary contribution of ‘The Walrus’ magazine, which attacked Macdonald as a “racist, a colonialist and a drunk” before condemning his whole Canadian project as being insufficiently revolutionary and boringly consensual. (One hopes that its new editor, our former colleague Jonathan Kay, will give ‘The Walrus’ some more mature direction.)  

“Sir John’s achievement in midwifing Confederation is routinely underappreciated precisely because it was accomplished by means which are historically boring — consensus and compromise, evolution and gradualism, accommodation of differences rather than their obliteration. Confederation was not born in violent revolution, like the United States; neither was it preserved in a bloody Civil War. There were no shortage of violent political reconfigurations in 18th and 19th-century Europe and the Americas. That Sir John A and his companions were able to fashion a new country without bloodshed, and to preserve it, remains a remarkable, and remarkably hopeful, chapter in history…  

“The Macdonald record is not unblemished. The more outrageous accusations of corruption, racism and alcoholism need not be ignored, but are rather less outrageous in the context of the time. Indeed, as a figure of religious liberty and linguistic tolerance, Sir John was a figure ahead of his time 

“Upon Macdonald’s death in 1891, what was an improbable idea at his birth, an ambitious dream when a young man, and a fragile reality even in 1867, was already an established and secure nation. That nearly 150 years later a nation so conceived still endures, strong and free, is an occasion for no small amount of gratitude. So raise a glass to Sir John A, not in mockery, but in admiration.”  

–‘Raise a glass to Sir John A.’,
Father Raymond J. de Souza, National Post, January 9, 2015

http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/09/father-raymond-j-desouza-raise-a-glass-to-sir-john-a/ SirJohnA“In a Jan. 3, 1887 letter referring to Indians as “inveterate grumblers”, Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald wrote that it would be  

    “extremely inexpedient to deal with the Indian bands in the Dominion as being in any way separate nations.”  

“A few days before his birthday, Macdonald clearly declared his government’s agenda was  

    “assimilate the Indian people in all respects with the other inhabitants of the Dominion as speedily as they are fit to change.” 

“These were the words of a ‘racist’ politician hell-bent on solving what he saw as an Indian problem…
{Actually, these were the words and concepts of the ‘progressives’ of the time, who felt that they had an obligation to help the Indians adapt to a modern world that they didn’t understand…} 

“And now, this week, millions of Canadians are joining together to celebrate Sir John’s 200th birthday. Hmmm.  

“Macdonald’s agenda of assimilation is well documented. He adhered to the ‘Royal Proclamation of 1763’, which imposed British control over Indians {and has saved any land they have left} – and designed the ‘British North America Act’  to reflect this.  

“His list of accomplishments include: the residential school system {teaching aboriginal  children to read and write}, starving ‘First Nations’ until they acquiesced, and negotiating treaties in bad faith. He ordered Canadian militia to kill Métis, Assiniboine, and Cree communities when they were asking for their rights to be recognized {when they were in open, murderous rebellion}, and executed Louis Riel and eight ‘First Nations’ leaders {for proven murders}. And he systematically imposed a draconian ‘Indian Act’ that resulted in rampant poverty, stifling control, and resulted in the painful, slow death of thousands more.
{This is the same Indian Act that the chiefs now fight to retain…} 

“Historians wish to paint Macdonald with a generous brush, citing him “giving” franchise to Indians without loss of status, his participation in the treaty process, and that he displayed more tolerance than his contemporaries. To this, I say that a leader, a prime minister especially, must always be someone with vision, honour, and a sense of compassion and honesty. What we have here is an ideological, violent, murderous liar who shares more in common with dictators than democratic leaders.
{How was he different from other democratic leaders of his era? See below… Judging people outside of their own context and era is an anti-intellectual exercise, symptomatic of an adolescent  mind…} 

“Canadians have been apologizing for Macdonald for decades now, for things like the Chinese head tax and residential schools {They weren’t his ideas — variants of these existed in other British colonies, as well…}. I don’t have to cite how much the Indian Act costs this country in bureaucracy alone {and it’s ‘Indian’ leaders who keep it alive…}. Most  Canadians are embarrassed when Macdonald’s rampant alcoholism and other self-imposed ills are mentioned.
{Then why do you keep mentioning them? Shall we start talking again about the “rampant alcoholism” among  ‘Indian’ leadership?} 

“I haven’t even mentioned the bribery scandal over the financing of the national railway, leading to his resignation in disgrace.
{For which he was accountable to the Canadian people, unlike tribal leadership. And the railway was essential to the development of Canada…} 

“And people say ‘First Nations’ leaders have problems. Sheesh.  

“Truthfully, Sir John A. did not act alone. He led the Conservative party for decades and was influenced by many along the way. He inspired with his grand vision of a “united” Canada. He was driven, unwavering, and forceful. He probably was the prototypical Canadian.  

“But this, I suggest, is the problem with many of our historical heroes in this country.  

“To be a hero in Canada’s history is to be several things but it is often, and usually first and foremost, graded by an ability to disregard, disempower, and hate ‘indigenous peoples’.
{Oh, stop! Now it’s you who is using hate speech. Very few of the ‘heroes’ of Canadian history are even connected to ‘indigenous peoples’, never mind ‘usually first and foremost’…} 

“So many things are changing today. Canadians are ‘waking up’ to the {claims of} tremendously important, valuable, and historical contributions ‘indigenous peoples’ have made, and are making, to this country’s identity.  

“Celebrating men like Sir John A. Macdonald doesn’t do this.  

“No one can change history, but we can learn the truth about it. We might even be able to alter what we think a real Canadian is.  

“One other thing: Hey Johnny: me and a few million others aren’t fit to change.  

“Your assimilation project failed.
{He says while typing, on a computer, reading the English words on his screen while occasionally glancing at the time on his digital clock…

As well, he’s a recent graduate aboriginal Canadian ‘teacher’ in — you guessed it: the ‘Native Studies’ department, employed by a Canadian university.

“Happy Birthday.”  

–‘Stop apologizing for John A. Macdonald’,
Niigaan Sinclair, Ottawa Citizen, January 9, 2015

(Niigaan Sinclair is {Canadian} Anishinaabe and teaches history and culture at the University of Manitoba. He is co-editor of the “The Winter We Danced: The Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement” (Arbeiter Ring Press, 2014)
Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of British Columbia 2013)


Hamilton, 2015 (Sunnie Huang/CBC)
Hamilton, 2015 (Sunnie Huang/CBC)

“Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says the commemoration of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald this weekend is an opportunity for Canadians to recognize how the legacy of Canada’s first prime minister continues to define Canada’s relationship with ‘First Nations’.  

“Canadians have been shocked to learn about the horrendous treatment of Canada’s ‘indigenous’ peoples, including the Indian Residential School system and many other transgressions, but the federal government’s colonial approach has not significantly changed over the last century,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “The government is currently withholding desperately needed funding from the impoverished Algonquin community of Barriere Lake for not complying with new legislation. This is as unjust today as withholding food to starving First Nations was a century ago.”  

“Under Sir John A. Macdonald, who also served as Superintendent General of Indian Affairs, the Government of Canada forcibly suppressed the 1885 North-West Rebellion by Métis, and Cree and Assiniboine ‘First Nations’, and also starved western ‘First Nations’ to force them onto reserves and make way for the development of a national railway.
{No, they were already starving and the government offered help, in return for them relocating… And the building of the national railway helped bring them supplies, and does until this very day…} 

“Such shocking treatment of ‘First Nations’ by the Government of Canada continued with the physical and sexual abuse of Indian Residential School students and, as has been recently revealed, abhorrent nutritional experiments on ‘First Nations’ people in the 1940’s.
{There were no “nutritional experiments”; simply the gradual introduction of foreign substances like vitamin supplements to their diet, and the controlled studies that were conducted on the results:

https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/421948967907342/?type=1 }

 “The many transgressions against ‘First Nations’ are a sad but significant part of our shared past, but are rarely found in history books or taught in the classroom,” said Fiddler…
{Actually, Canadian schoolchildren are taught daily to be ashamed of their ancestors…} 

“NAN is committed to {one-way} reconciliation and understanding with its Treaty partners, the governments of Canada and Ontario, and supports healing and reconciliation for all Canadians.”

{All they ever seem to do is ATTACK Canada and its citizens, its culture, its economy and its people. This organization is actually dedicated to the destruction of Canada…} 

Turtle Island News, January 9, 2015 
200thBirthday“Assembly of ‘First Nations’ (A’FN’) National Chief Perry Bellegarde issued the following statement today on the 200th anniversary commemorations of the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, on January 11.  

“The 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth should not simply be an opportunity for celebration but an opportunity for reflection and education on the history of this country. These occasions clearly have different meanings for different people. Many Canadians know only the conventional history of Macdonald as a ‘father of Confederation,’ yet for many ‘First Nations’ the legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald is a painful one, linked to discriminatory and oppressive practices, policies and legislation that continue to have impacts today like the Indian Act, residential schools, and discriminatory laws that denied and disenfranchised ‘First Nations’ people from their rights and their lands.  

“‘First Nations’ are often lectured about ‘not living in the past’, but the decisions, policies and actions that are preventing ‘First Nations’ from achieving the same quality of life and the full expression of our rights to control our lives and lands have a foundation in the early decisions of the ‘settler governments’. These decisions excluded ‘First Nations’ people and ran contrary to the Treaty relationship of partnership and respect {Read the Treaties!!!}.  

“Canadians {aboriginals} need to learn their history and, equally important, learn from their history because ‘First Nations’ are still dealing with the impacts of this legacy today. The commemoration of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birthday should be an opportunity to commit ourselves to understanding our past so we can understand how we can move forward together to create a country where we all thrive and benefit from the beauty and riches of this land.”
{Those who participate ARE thriving and benefitting…} 

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/assembly-of-first-nations-national-chief-statement-on-the-commemoration-of-the-200th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-sir-john-a-macdonald-516539861.html JOHN-A-MACDONALD-STATUE-570And, of course, this is how the Toronto {Red} Star commemorates this event:

“His government starved aboriginal people on the prairies into submission…”

“His government treated Chinese immigrants like dirt…”  

“…Macdonald was not just any old racist sitting around in a bar… he didn’t hesitate to build his nation on the dead bodies of people he didn’t consider fully human…”  

“The folksy “good old boy” approach to Macdonald is a smokescreen. It hides the genocidal practices on which our country was founded… It tells us that the lives of ‘non-white’ people are not worth as much as the lives of ‘white’ people…”  

–‘Sir John A. Macdonald: Nation builder or racist?’,
Laura J. Murray, Toronto Star, Jan. 09 2015

http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2015/01/09/sir_john_a_macdonald_nation_builder_or_racist.html ERBLHowWeTeachHistoryMattersMost600x600See also:

‘How We Teach History Matters Most’ (Granatstein) {November 6, 2015}: https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/pb.332982123470694.-2207520000.1448486333./690329224402647/?type=3  

‘Politically Incorrect History’ (Conrad Black) {December 9, 2014}:

‘Rewriting History’ (Chilcotin Chiefs – Apology) {October 25, 2014}:
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