Whose history is it anyway?
History, it's said, is written by the winners. Does that mean that history is rewritten by losers? Consider:
A phenomenal amount of attention was paid by this government to the way in which Canadians remembered the War of 1812.
The Harper government looked to Sylvester Stallone for inspiration when it tried to overcome Canadians’ apathy and ignorance about the War of 1812, and the movie-trailer-style commercial it funded to celebrate the bicentennial was heavily micromanaged by senior players in Ottawa, documents show.
It’s further evidence of of how serious a political imperative the remembrance of the 200-year-old conflict is for the Harper Conservatives, who have sought to give military exploits a greater role in Canada’s identity.
A museum is being renamed to emphasize history over anthropology.
And apparently, we learn via Postmedia, the government has also embarked on a detailed review of the way in which history is taught.
Federal politicians have launched a “thorough and comprehensive review of significant aspects in Canadian history,” in Parliament that will be led by Conservative MPs, investigating courses taught in schools, with a focus on several armed conflicts of the past century.
Yet we're being asked to believe that this same government, highly attentive to historical detail, somehow forgot to include Canada's first man in space at an unveiling of the Canadarm.
Liberal MP Marc Garneau, who was Canada's first astronaut and led the Canadian Space Agency, is "ticked off" that he wasn't invited to Thursday's opening of a Canadarm exhibit and he blames Conservative partisanship for being left off the guest list.
"I'm not very happy," Garneau told reporters on Parliament Hill. "I wasn't looking for a role, I just wanted to be there in the audience."
The history that's at issue here is not Canada's history. When things get this personal and petty, this is about historical grudges -- from a government with a majority.
Give it a few years. History may remember this government as the sorest winner ever.