Tim Anderson: John A. Macdonald was a flawed Canadian, but still a great one

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In recent months, a genuine conversation has arisen about Sir John A. Macdonald. This is to be expected — we are less than a year away from the 200th anniversary of his birth, and the country he was the first to lead will itself be marking a major milestone — 150 years — in 2017. Our first prime minister is also being discussed as various proposals are floated regarding how best to honour him, including consideration by Toronto City Council to rename Union Station, the major hub of that city’s transit network, after Sir John.

[np_storybar title=”Kelly McParland: Sir John A. would be an honourable new name for revamped Union Station” link=”http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/02/05/kelly-mcparland-sir-john-a-would-be-an-honourable-new-name-for-revamped-union-station/”]William Lyon Mackenzie King disliked Jews, and bought up land around his Kingsmere estate to keep it out of their hands. Every prime minister from 1885 to 1947 considered it acceptable to restrict Chinese immigration to the country, and…

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