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Montreal won’t return toppled John A. Macdonald statue to its downtown pedestal – CBC

Aug 30, 2023

Statue was damaged during anti-racism protest in 2020

Montreal’s toppled John A. Macdonald statue won’t be put back on its pedestal in Place du Canada, the city’s executive committee decided on Wednesday.

The statue’s head fell off when protesters hauled it down in 2020 during a demonstration calling for the defunding of the Montreal police and an end to systemic racism. The city says it will now be restored and put on display somewhere else, where it can be accompanied by the proper context explaining its historical significance and controversy.

But the pedestal where the statue stood since its erection in 1895 will stay, as per the recommendations of a committee set up to determine its future. The executive committee adopted those recommendations Wednesday morning.

Now, Montreal will commission artists to find a way of modernizing the monument.

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