Aug 09, 2018
By Jane Brown
A statue of Sir John A. Macdonald is being removed from the front entrance of the city hall in Victoria B.C.
Mayor Lisa Helps says the decision was made because of the involvement by Canada’s first prime minister in designing the residential school system which removed indigenous children from their families.
Helps says the city does not propose erasing history, but rather taking time to tell that chapter of Canadian history in a thoughtful way.
“History is always being rewritten, history is always being retold and that’s part of the act of removing this statue is the ability to tell a more fulsome role that Sir John A. Macdonald played, both positive and negative, in the history of our country,” Helps explains.
She says the statue will be removed Saturday and stored until the city finds an appropriate way to put Macdonald into the right context.