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Trudeau said Ottawa Won't Take Sir John A. Macdonald's Name Off Federal Buildings


People called for the removal of a statue of Sir John A. MacDonald at a rally in Regina on Tuesday. (Rob Kruk/Radio-Canada )

Justin Trudeau the Prime Minister of Canada has come out and said that Ottawa will not remove Sir John A. Macdonald’s name off of Federal buildings. Sir John A. Macdonald’s was Canada's first ever Prime Minister.

The historical figure has come under fire after an Ontario teachers' Union passed a motion that asked for the removal of John A. Macdonald's name from schools in the province. It was reported that the motion was for elementary schools.  There is a petition to have the removal of his statue in Regina.

The government is also under pressure from Indigenous groups that want to confront the way historical figures are celebrated.

Despite what Trudeau has said currently, in June he apparently removed Hector-Louis Langevin's name from the Ottawa building that actually houses the Prime Minister's office. That announcement was done after Indigenous MPs and Bellegarde called for the removal because Langevin was part of the residential school system.

These calls for the removal of historical figures are coming at a time where the same thing is going on inside the United States. Many people want the Robert. E. Lee statue removed because of the history behind it. Confederate monuments are a target because of historical racism with the figures.

You can read our article on President Trump defending the monuments in the United States here http://www.vanguardnews.ca/2017/08/trump-you-cant-change-history-defending.html

 Perry Bellegarde who is part of the  Assembly of First Nations National Chief commended the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario for its motion.

The debate starts when some people feel that these figures should not be removed at all because it can cause some people to forget the history behind it. Others believe that people can remember the history behind it without having the statue or name on or in the buildings.

By Michael Normandin

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