05/08/2012 08:56 EDT | Updated 07/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Allan Harding MacKay Destroys Artwork On Live TV To Protest Ottawa's Treatment Of Veterans And Aboriginals

TORONTO - Canadian artist Allan Harding MacKay says he's destroying five pieces of his own artwork to protest the federal government's treatment of veterans and aboriginals.

MacKay, known for his videos, paintings, other works depicting the wars in Somalia and Afghanistan, ripped up a Kandahar Air Field scene while on CBC TV's Power and Politics on Tuesday.

MacKay told host Evan Solomon he plans to destroy four more pieces on Parliament Hill on Thursday.

MacKay told the CBC he hopes his act will make people "wake up" to how the government is doing business.

MacKay noted he was destroying a piece of history, but said it was necessary to draw public attention to what he sees as the erosion of democracy in Canada.

Most of MacKay's works from the Somalia and Afghan series are held by the Canadian War Museum.

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