City Of Edmonton: Leave Frank Oliver's Name and Other Historical Figures'
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There is no doubt that the name of Frank Oliver is synonymous with the origins of Edmonton, Alberta as there is a neighbourhood, pedway, arena, shopping plaza and buildings that carry his name. Working as Alberta's first elected Member of Parliament he was also a contributor to the creation of Canada's first National Park, Banff.
In a current a petition circulating, there is an attempt to lobby the Municipal government in the City of Edmonton to remove his name from all public places as his name is also mired in controversy, mainly because of his efforts in retaining surrendered land from the Papaschase Aboriginals. This will obviously incur a great deal of taxpayer's expense through City council debate, Aboriginal consultation, Public Works actions and implementation, etc. in an effort to right wrongs of over a hundred years ago, of which no one alive today is responsible for.
Frank Oliver serves as a reminder of our collective past, good or bad, and to try to deny that past is an attempt to change history. And without that history, we would not be having this debate, we would never have heard the history that surrounds this issue, nor have been interested enough to investigate it, discuss it and learn from it.
A 2008 failed attempt for a class-action lawsuit in an effort to wrest $2.5 billion dollars from Canadian taxpayers by the Papaschase Descendants Council, is indicative of the mentality behind these movements to rewrite history.
And where does it end? Should we banish the Famous Five from Alberta's history, or maybe William Hawrelak Park should be changed back to Mayfair Park, or maybe the Hotel Macdonald needs to change its name?
End it now by signing this petition. Help urge Edmonton's City Council realize there is a strong, silent majority that wishes to be heard, and wishes to stop the current trend of removing history.
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