|Who? These guys?|
They can't bring themselves to mention the country's founders in its 150th anniversary year, but they fund this. https://t.co/DZU3ZurPOl— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) March 3, 2017
What "this" is, is federal funding for Espace Réné Lévesque, a tribute to the late separatist in his home town of
I have not been too concerned about the thinness of the historical content in Canada150. It's a birthday party: you have balloons and fireworks and you give out gifts; you don't devote the whole party to earnest lectures about the day the guest of honour was born. So a sesquicentennial whose themes are diversity and youth and whatever the third one was hasn't provoked me to Coyne-esque furies.
But if you do think in 2017 that a little reflection on the events of 1867 is worth supporting, lemme just say: My lecture, "A Living Tree? Canada's Constitution 150 Years Ago and Today," already a hit at universities across the country, is now accepting booking for the fall tour. No federal funding sought.
(Earnestness factor? Well, some. hey, it's important to be earnest.)