A Personal Commentary
The heavy thinkers at the Dominion Institute did not exactly shock us with their recent report that Canadians basically havent a clue as to their own history. Yet, it is sad so many are ignorant as to the events that formed this land or even the human qualities of its architects, including our colourful first Prime Minister.
It was a well lubricated Sir John A. Macdonald who once tossed his cookies upon the speaking platform as his Liberal rival spoke, saying it was a reaction for having been "forced to listen to the rantings of my honorable opponent." Imagine the reaction of "unite the right" proponents to Nova Scotia politics between 1882 and 1925 when the Liberals ruled for 43 consecutive years, almost twenty-seven of them under the stewardship of George Henry Murray.
There was the great western scout Jerry Potts who, confused by the use of chamber pots by settlers, once asked a Mountie "why would anyone (urinate) in a perfectly good eating bowl when the entire prairie lay before him?" Though history shows Quebec has existed longer under the British monarchy than the flag of France, it is a chronicle that began nearly 470-years ago with Jacques Cartier searching for a route to China along the St. Lawrence. Long before him, aboriginal peoples fished Canadas waters; hunted its plains and tundra; grew crops; and fought and died in its defense.
It is a rich heritage upon which a united people can continue to build a modern nation. Still, without knowing how we have arrived at this place in history, I wonder how can we possibly figure out where we are going?