Michael Taube, March 14, 2023, Troy Media
When people come to visit the city I live in, Toronto, the recommended destination spots are typical ones. The CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Casa Loma, Distillery District, Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena, Roy Thomson Hall, Ontario Science Centre, Chinatown and Little Italy, just to name a few.
A more recent addition to the list is the Aga Khan Museum. It has become, in many ways, the crown jewel of a museum in Toronto.
Ironically, it almost wasn’t.
I met the Aga Khan in Ottawa. We had lightly discussed this project, among other more sundry items. While I obviously didn’t know what the museum would become, I had a sense of what he envisioned it could be. (I also saw some early photos through Rosemina Nathoo. She worked for the Harper government when I did and later served as the museum’s senior advisor and in-house counsel.)
The Ismaili spiritual leader is a kind, decent and intelligent man. Some Canadians are only familiar with him due to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family’s unwise decision to vacation on the private island he owns. It was a clear ethics violation, and the PM was reprimanded. The Aga Khan’s offer wasn’t made with any malicious intent. Trudeau simply should have known better than to accept it.
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