Today is Sir John A MacDonald’s birthday. He was born 203 years ago in the U.K. Most school kids know his name by the time they are in High School — even though he’s been dead for over a hundred years.
And even if you don’t care one lick for history; you’re bound to enjoy the fact that his mug graces our $10 bills, at least.
If you do care; well, he was our very first Prime Minister.
Canadians are proud and have lots to be proud of. We live in one of the most welcoming environments in the world.
In fact our country, proudly, has risen to first place in the personal freedom sub-index this year, ‘reflecting high scores in measures of tolerance and civil liberties,” according to the Legatum Institute.
The report states Canada is the “freest country in the world,” and most tolerant of immigrants globally.
According to the index:
- 92 per cent of Canadians believe the country is a good place for immigrants,
- 92 per cent of people think the country is a good place for ethnic minorities,
- 94 per cent of Canadians believe they have the freedom to choose the course of their life.
We are tolerant, and we like tolerance. We also like our Country. We are proud. Sir John A. is a part of my Canadian history.
Not to say we can’t learn from it. One thing we can’t do, is wipe it away, and honestly who would want to anyway?
Some suggest that Sir John A was a man who promoted genocide. I see Sir John A. as a man who promoted the formation of one of the greatest countries in the world.
Colour me naive, but I think we can appreciate reconciliation and the history of Canada, both at the same time.
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