How’s this for a concept when it comes to law enforcement and those who break the law: penalize those who are vandalizing public property as opposed to shooing away those who want to clean up the bloody mess!
By way of explanation, on Sunday, I was informed by a Good Samaritan that he and his friends were kicked from the lawns of Queen’s Park by security for having the utter temerity to clean off the recently vandalized statue of Sir John A. Macdonald.
They had been cleaning the statue for three hours when Queen’s Park security gave them the bum’s rush, noting that professional cleaners would be employed the next day (Monday) to cleanse the statue of our first prime minister.
By the way, it wasn’t de rigueur pigeon poo that was desecrating the statue; rather, members of a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday doused the base of the statue in pink paint.
They also targeted statues of other individuals. The reason: they had links to Canada’s residential schools, and that’s a third rail issue in today’s cancel culture.
Undoubtedly, the BLM vandals wanted to tear down the statues, but do you think anyone in that motley crew possesses anything close to an engineering degree? They don’t teach heavy lifting in Gender Studies, alas...
Yet, by 5 p.m. Monday, the statue of Macdonald remained defaced.
All the authorities had done was wrap the base of the statue in a blue tarp. I wonder why, for it remains an eyesore.
Bottom line: you’d think that citizens who want to mend damaged property would be welcomed with open arms.
But this is the “new normal.”
Good Samaritans are shunned while law enforcement turns a blind eye to those who are hellbent on creating damage and destruction. Yeah - makes perfect sense to me, too.