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What Trudeau said next is interesting and ran contrary to what he did in July 2017 when, with great fanfare, he renamed Langevin Block — named after one of Canada’s founding fathers, Hector-Louis Langevin — because of his role in establishing residential schools.
“We can put the same question when it comes to my father,” said Trudeau. “I think we should ask questions regarding all of our prime ministers, all our past leaders who did many good things, but who made mistakes as well.”
During an interview on Monday, Kenney acknowledged many other areas where Trudeau’s father — Pierre Trudeau — could one day be viewed as unworthy of honour as a result of his past views and actions.
“His father proposed abrogating the treaties and dissolving First Nations reserves. His father declared the War Measures Act and used martial law for the arbitrary arrests of thousands of Canadians. His father was opposed to Canada’s role in the Second World War and, at various times in his youth, expressed sympathy for totalitarian governments,” said Kenney.
“I don’t think his father should be judged on the basis of his mistakes and judgment alone, but in context. And he should be honoured as a historic former Canadian prime minister,” said Kenney.
That’s the essence of this issue. If, as Canadians, we’re only going to judge our history through its mistakes and the flaws of its leaders, who can stand, and can this country and its democracy survive?