Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rocky the rock.

So the other day at work we found a rock laying behind the till at the parking lot exit.

So this is the rock here. We thought at first that it was just a rock from the construction site at the mall. But after a bit of digging we discovered an illustrious past.

It's original owner was John A. MacDonald who believed it to be a lucky stone of the same material as the stone of destiny in Scottish lore. After his first election loss after the CPR scandal the rock disappeared into obscurity. The next we found written about it was in the memoir's of Robert Borden who claims to have inherited the rock by finding it underneath a floorboard in 24 Sussex drive. Borden mention's the stone a few times in his memoirs but it again disappears from all records until it surfaced again in a story told by William Lyon Mackenzie King, where he described an act of vandalism against his office, the rock being the primary culprit. William Lyon Mackenzie King then trusted the rock to the care of Liberal Party officials where it stayed until the election of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, where it was not only photographed but described by western premiers as he used the rock to try to intimidate the provinces into accepting greater federal powers.
It seems the last written report was in a single account by an RCMP officer at the APEC summit which Jean Chretien choked a protester. The account read that Jean Chretien also threw the rock at one of the protesters but missed.

It appears as though the rock then made it's way to Edmonton through the RCMP officer who was later transferred but it still remains a mystery how it arrived at the front of our store.

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