Charlottetown city council moved quickly Tuesday morning to remove a statue of John A. Macdonald after they voted to get rid of the monument the evening before.
Council voted unanimously to have the statue removed after recommendations from local First Nations people.
— Brian Higgins (@BrianHigginsCBC) June 1, 2021
Statues of Sir John A. Macdonald have been controversial around the country considering his involvement with some darker parts of Canadian history.
The controversy escalated after 215 children at an unmarked burial site were discovered on the grounds of an old residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Macdonald was involved in setting up the residential school system during his time as Prime Minister.
Charlottetown Councillor Greg Rivard brought forward the motion to remove the statue and told CBC Radio’s Island Morning that council needed to make a bold statement for the city.
In November 2020, the Macdonald monument in Gore Park in Hamilton was vandalized after someone covered the statue in red paint and spray-painted “land back” next to it.
The legacy of Canada’s first prime minister has been the subject of controversy over the last few years with his involvement in residential schools and other darker parts of national history.
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