On the 10th of April, the humble Hewitt Bernard gave a short speech (rant) to his fellow confederation colleagues. A touching speech, really.

” I guess I failed my paternity test, because apparently I’m not a father. Of course, the kind of father I wanted to be, was one of confederation. Was that so much to ask for? I was a true supporter of confederation from the start, and seeing my little Canada stand on its own was incredible to witness. But, I guess chief clerk and recording secretary of the Charlottetown conference wasn’t important enough to be deemed a father. They even invited me to be in the Charlottetown photo shoot, and that was it. You know John, you may have been a good man, but you’d really think that after all these years I’ve worked with you, and you know, marrying my sister, you would of put my name on that list. But I guess I was a city boy, in Jamaica unemployed. Took the midnight train up to Canada.I guess I will be remembered as that 37th unofficial father. And here is where I will spend the rest of my life, working for this country I love, as humble Hewitt Bernard.”

Let me fully explain my stand on this event. Don’t get me wrong, I think this BNA act has been the best thing that has happened to this country, and I couldn’t be happier. Just knowing that I was a part of this is an awesome feat. I would of never thought I would of done all this as a teenager. When I was 18 years old, I was back in my hometown in Jamaica, practicing law, and look at me now. The leading deputy minister of Canada, looking over all of Canada. I have nothing but the highest hopes for this country, and I know I will do everything in will to make it so. I gave every minute of my life to my work, and I know what I have contributed to, but the question is: what will others remember me by?

Not considered an actual Father of Confederation, what will I be known as? Sir John even asked me to be the recording secretary at the Charlottetown conference, but that wasn’t enough to become legible apparently. I want to be remembered as someone important, because I AM.

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