Bump One: Not all the wealthy friends Izzy was counting on were willing to invest in a museum.
Bump Two: Costs escalated alarmingly and frequently for 11 years.
Bump Three: When Paul Martin became prime minister, he was reluctant to honour Chretien’s commitment — although in the end he came through with $100 million to help build the museum, marvelling like everyone else at Gail Asper’s powers of persuasion.
Bump Four: Convincing Stephen Harper (who won the 2006 federal election) to make the CMHR a national museum and provide $22 million of annual federal operating funds.
Bump Five: When it did become a national museum, the Aspers had to give up control of some key matters. Stuart Murray became CEO, and many people were hired — some of whom eventually left.
Bump Six: A nasty, image-damaging public spat seemed to spin out of control after the Canadian Ukrainian Congress demanded that the Holodomor (the famine suffered by the Soviet-controlled Ukraine in 1932-33) be given a separate gallery and equal treatment with the Holocaust.
Ultimately, sanity will prevail, as expressed in a Winnipeg Free Press editorial, which called the Ukrainian campaign parochial and said it had lost credibility in its effort to reduce the destruction of European Jewry to just another genocide...Alas, I highly doubt sanity will--or even can--prevail due to the biggest bump of all: how "human rights" has been perverted in our time; how every day this perversion is used as a sledge hammer by some of the rottenest people on the planet in order to: stifle "blasphemous" speech about Islam (a requirement of the sharia version of "human rights"--see the Cairo Declaration); trash the world's sole Jewish state; and generally lord it over those who refuse to get with the agenda of the Islamist/Leftist/ UN control freaks. The Aspers' project--originally intended to be the Canadian Holocaust Museum--was ill-conceived from the get-go, and, bump, bump, bump, it has nowhere to go but down.