Mayor Helps today announced the statue of John A MacDonald will be taken down from City Hall and put into storage as part of the Reconciliation between Victoria, and the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.
While reconciliation should always be at the forefront of council decision making processes, tearing down statues smells of censuring, if not entirely trying to re write history.
Sir John was a controversial person in the history of Canada, however, he is still a founding father of Confederation. And yes, also a symbol of oppression and colonialism, that should never be forgotten.
By the very definition of who Sir John A. MacDonald is, the Father of Canada, he is firmly embedded in two cultural histories.
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