BREAKING: Protestors tear down Sir John A. Macdonald statue at Hamilton’s Gore Park
Published August 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm
The statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in Hamilton is no more.
This afternoon (August 14), protestors tore down the statue at Gore Park while an Indigenous Unity Rally took place at City Hall.
The toppling was very quick. A person climbed and spray-painted the police camera, another climbed a ladder, about a minute later, the statue was pulled down. pic.twitter.com/JF5U8NGinZ
— Joey Coleman (@JoeyColeman) August 14, 2021
— Sebastian Bron (@sebibron) August 14, 2021
The move comes following outrage from some Hamilton residents after city council voted in July against a motion introduced by Ward 3 City Councillor Nrinder Nann to take the Macdonald statue down and put it into storage.
Councillors Tom Jackson (Ward 6), Sam Merulla (Ward 4) and Esther Pauls (Ward 7) voted against the statue removal motion. Ward 8 Coun. Brad Clark voted with Nann.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Ward 14 Coun. Terry Whitehead were absent for the vote.
The mayor and city councillors also received more than 1,000 pieces of correspondence asking for the statue to be taken down. Nann said she received 320 messages asking for the statue’s removal and only 28 asking for it stay.
Macdonald’s likeness and name has been removed from public spaces across Canada due to his role in the expansion of residential schools in the late 19th century, which has recently stirred more controversy after the remains of over 1,500 Indigenous children had been found through First Nations-led searches.
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