Earlier this summer, the Prime Minister renamed a building and opened up a can of worms. The Langevin Block, the building across the street from Parliament Hill that contains the offices of the Prime Minister and the Privy Council, was renamed to, well, the Office Of The Prime Minister And Privy Council. Hector-Louis Langevin, for whom the building was named, was an architect of the horrific residential school system and Justin Trudeau said he made the change as a symbol of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous communities.
A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute suggests Canadians are supportive of the change. But what they do not support is the far more contentious topic of stripping symbols of John A. Macdonald from public spaces. That debate began because the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario said Macdonald’s name should be taken from schools because of his attitudes towards Indigenous people, something Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says will not happen. Robert-Falcon Oullette, a Liberal MP who is Indigenous, acknowledged our first prime minister wasn’t perfect and put it this way: “Everyone has warts. That’s what makes us human beings.”
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