Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Today in monument naming

The Harper guys are doing important bidness this summer. In addition to all the expensive and very relevant 1812 war pageantry that ministers far and wide are glorifying in this time of supposed careful fiscal management, they're off renaming an Ottawa thoroughfare today. The Ottawa River Parkway gets re-named...and after a Conservative Prime Minister, of course! Sir John A gets the memorial tribute on this one. Just another day in the Harper era's emphasis on symbolism as a key part of its governing philosophy.

The Conservatives don't have a lot to choose from in the well known former PM field. There is Diefenbaker though and they do love them some Diefenbaker. Renamed the former Ottawa city hall for Dief in 2011. Wonder how much they can milk out of Sir John A and Dief?

No word on what possible legacies might be in store for Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney and Kim Campbell. Maybe if there's ever a casino in the capitol area, one of the three might get the nod?