Statue Of Canada's Racist First Prime Minister Was Removed And Replaced By A Plaque That Has Already Been Vandalized
Canada is home to its fair share of problematic monuments and statues. In other words, when it comes to "racist" statues, we're not much better than our neighbors to the south.
Macdonald is known for advocating a policy of ethnic cleansing against indigenous people. He also oversaw the founding of the first residential schools.
The statue of John A. Macdonald, which lived at City Hall in Victoria British Columbia was removed on Saturday morning and was to be replaced by a shiny new plaque.
According to a source, this new plaque describes John A Macdonald as “a leader of violence against Indigenous peoples."
Sadly the plaque was defaced with a giant "X" mark just a few days after it was erected.
This sparked even more controversy about the removal of the statue in the first place. There is growing concern on both sides.
In the end, the plaque will be replaced no matter how many times it was vandalized. At the moment the vandal has not been identified as no security cameras currently monitor the area.
Hopefully, this controversy won't deter other Canadian cities from considering the removal of their own racist statues. Several problematic monuments and statues live around the city of Montreal at the moment. However, if removing them is going to drive even more trouble, then I can understand why the city will be reluctant to remove them in the first place.