Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine

la-fontaineAlthough his beautiful house in Overdale is falling apart, his legacy still stands. Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine’s political life was defined by a visceral aversion to injustice, a deep-seated respect for the citizenry, and an unflinching commitment to the common good. He left the country better than he found it. Alas, the same will not be said of you, Stephen Harper. Or you, Pauline Marois. History will judge you both harshly. But at least you’ll be remembered. The same cannot be said of the police officers who arrested and illegally detained Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine in 1838. Their names have been forgotten, just as the names of the police officers who kettled peaceful protesters during the Maple Spring protests will be forgotten. Bullies with badges don’t get public parks named after them.

—John Faithful Hamer, The Myth of the Fuckbuddy (2017)

About John Faithful Hamer

John Faithful Hamer is a college professor who still can't swim, drive, or pay his bills on time. His sense of direction is notoriously unreliable, yet he'd love to tell you where to go. His lack of practical skills is astounding, and his inability to fix things is renowned, yet he'd love to tell you what to do. His mismanagement of time is legendary, as is his inability to remember appointments, yet he fancies himself a philosopher and would love to tell you how to live. He wouldn't survive in a state of nature, of that we can be sure; but he's doing quite well in the big city, which has always been a refuge for the ridiculous, a haven for the helpless, and a friend to the frivolous.

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