Opinion: How Montreal ought to repurpose the monument to Macdonald

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The statue of Sir John A. Macdonald that was toppled in Place du Canada in August is presently housed in a Metropolis of Montreal warehouse. There has not been any indication of when, if ever, it’s to be restored to its perch.

The statue, continuously vandalized over time, was focused within the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis final spring. Its elimination, from an elaborate pedestal inside an 18-metre-tall construction, was a part of the worldwide motion by racial justice advocates in opposition to the celebration of figures from the previous whose public actions had been knowledgeable by racism. Within the case of Canada’s first prime minister, this racism was exemplified by his efforts to assimilate Indigenous people via Indian Residential Faculties and by his imposition of a “head tax” to discourage Chinese language immigration.

Throughout the globe, the autumn of such statues has left behind a string of empty pedestals, elevating the query as to what needs to be finished with the commemorative area that has turn into obtainable. By and enormous, authorities have appeared petrified of the pushback which may come from any motion. They haven’t been in any rush to place the statues again, nor have they proven any inclination to switch the previous heroes with newer ones. And so Macdonald’s Montreal statue stays in that warehouse, with no various on the horizon.