Letter: ‘This isn’t reconciliation’

Letter: ‘This isn’t reconciliation’

Now we can’t have a statue of our country’s first prime minister at our provincial capital.

Editor, The News:

Re: B.C. city to remove Sir John A. Macdonald statue from City Hall.

So now it appears that we can’t have a statue of our country’s first prime minister at our provincial capital.

(This political correctness stuff is plumb getting out of hand.)

Maybe we ought to excise all the statues of Queen Victoria, in whose name all the injustices of the 19th Century were inflicted, here and elsewhere amongst the subject peoples of ‘The Raj.’

And while we’re at it, might as well toss out all the statues and publicly displayed paintings of her co-conspirators amongst the Governors-General and their lieutenant versions.

Oh, and I guess the very name of the B.C. capital is downright offensive to some group or other.

This isn’t reconciliation. This is pandering to special interests.

I agree that we should offer more recognition to the native populations that preceded the European invasion and occupation in any way that we can. We have far too few statues on view commemorating native leaders through our history.

But the stupid notion that we can somehow change the past by pretending to ignore it is just disingenuous apologism.

Greg Wilmot

Pitt Meadows