While the city of Victoria is about to tear down a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, the province of Ontario is ready to stand him back up.
But will they be allowed to?
Or are the history re-writers going to scrub the Father of Confederation’s legacy all together?
Either way, the new Premier Doug Ford-led Progressive Conservative government wrote to British Columbia capital city’s Mayor Lisa Helps on Friday asking that Canada’s first prime minister’s statue be repatriated to Ontario to be proudly erected once again.
“As father of Confederation and our first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald holds a significant place in the hearts of many Canadians and should be honoured accordingly,” wrote Todd Smith, House Leader and Minister of Government and Consumer Services. “Sir John A Macdonald built and shaped this country and province. He connected the west to the east under one flag and one name.”