The statue was demolished, as more than 46,000 people signed an online petition calling on the mayor of the city to dismantle the monument.
A group of activists during protests in Montreal demolished a monument to Canada’s first prime minister, John Alexander McDonald, CBC reported August 30. Protesters called for police funding to be stripped.
According to the TV channel, the action in Montreal was peaceful, so other demonstrators were surprised by the demolition of the monument.
Protesters received leaflets saying that the statue was to be demolished, as more than 46,000 people signed an online petition calling on the mayor of the city to remove the monument. However, the authorities did not demolish the monument.
“John A. McDonald was a supporter of white supremacy, presided over the genocide of indigenous peoples, creating a brutal system of boarding schools, as well as promoting other measures that affected indigenous peoples and their traditions,” the leaflet says.
— Matt Wolf (@MattWolfAB) August 29, 2020
John Alexander MacDonald is the first prime minister of sovereign Canada. His government suppressed the Mestizo and Indian uprising in 1885 and pursued a policy of resettlement of Canadian Indians on the reservation and cultural assimilation.
At the same time, the cultural rights of the French-speaking minority were protected. Under MacDonald, Indians were granted voting rights for the first time.