News / Ottawa

Artist destroys works to protest trampling of Canadian traditions

After tearing up one of his paintings live on CBC Tuesday night, Canadian artist Allan Harding MacKay fulfilled his promise to destroy four other works on Parliament Hill Thursday.

"This particular government is suppressing traditions in Canada," MacKay said before ripping up his work. "I think that Canadians are fed up and want to know what our government is up to."

In the past MacKay was commissioned by the federal government and the Canadian War Museum has 79 of his paintings in their collection.

MacKay said he strongly objects to what he calls "very deliberate attempts to game the system of parliament," such as holding committee meetings behind closed doors and the practice of packing important legislation into a large omnibus bill, resulting in less debate.

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