Premier Brad Wall has never been shy to go his Facebook and Twitter accounts to make statements, and he did the same on Wednesday defending Canada’s first Prime Minister.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon, Wall sent a message to a group of Ontario teachers seeking to have John A. MacDonald’s name removed from schools for the fact he used the word “savages” when it came to describing aboriginal peoples.
Wall calls the term “unacceptable”, but goes onto say that tragically that was the daily parlance back then.
He goes on to talk about the good MacDonald did and then mentions indiscretions from former President Abraham Lincoln and former Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas.
Wall says “Beware the slippery slope of removing historic names,”and concludes by saying |let us use these namesakes for the opportunity to teach our history, to remember the achievements of those who have went before. And yes, let us also resolve to never forget their mistakes; their misguided and dangerous beliefs to which many, if not the majority, once clung. From the ideas and words and actions we know to be reprehensible today, we can also learn…and vow to leave behind.”