On Monday evening, Charlottetown city council voted to remove a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, from a downtown corner. By 7 a.m. Tuesday, it was gone.
Council voted unanimously to remove the statue just weeks after voting to accept recommendations from local First Nations people for changes to it.
The statue became the subject of controversy about a year ago because of Macdonald's involvement in setting up the residential school system. That controversy rose to a new level of horror last weekend, following the discovery of an estimated 215 children at an unmarked burial site on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 01 June 2021 - 07:44 AM.