OTTAWA—Sir John A. Macdonald: yes or no? It goes well beyond our first prime minister. What’s interesting is that there are several different forces at play and the debate is a proxy for debating who we are as Canadians. The first strand is the view that buildings and schools should only be named after people are highly respectable and devoid of controversy, not those who espoused ideas or enacted policies that were discriminatory against any group of Canadians.
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