Today, January 11, is Sir John A. MacDonald's birthday.
If he were alive today, our first prime minister would be 198 years old.
To mark the occasion, the federal government is announcing plans for MacDonald's 200th birthday in 2015. According to PostMedia News, they've set aside $870,000 for a "bicentennial commission" and a "new set of Heritage Minute television spots paying tribute to MacDonald."
Now, I understand the need to promote our history: it's about instilling pride and developing a sense of 'Canadiana.' I get that. I also understand that in the big scheme of things $870,000 isn't really a lot of money.
But, when you add the $870,000 to other monies that the Harper government has spent on historical tributes, it starts becoming significant especially in a time of fiscal austerity.
Let's review, shall we?
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