I recently submitted a formal complaint with Toronto's Integrity Commissioner against Mayor Rob Ford because of his racist comments. When Mayor Ford uses poor defamatory words to describe blacks, I cannot help but wonder how the mayor of Canada's largest, most affluent and multicultural city can get away with it.
Sir John A. Macdonald was also a racist who disdained Chinese rail workers, the very same men who helped build his national dream, by imposing a discriminatory head tax on each of them. And it was Macdonald whose policies of forced starvation helped clear First Nations from the prairies in order to build that railway. Indeed, James Daschuk from the University of Regina argues quite cogently in his book Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life that Macdonald's starvation policies led to the deaths of thousands.