Fate of Kingston’s Sir John A. Macdonald statue depends on public engagement survey – Kingston


Tuesday, Jan. 11 marks the birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, who was born in 1815 in Glasgow, Scotland.

For years, people commemorated the day at his statue in Kingston’s City Park.

Those days are gone, as is his statue.

City council voted last summer to have it removed because of Macdonald’s role in the residential school system. The statue is currently in storage and a city survey will help determine if it will end up at the Cataraqui Cemetery, where Macdonald is buried.

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Sir John A. Macdonald statue removed from Kingston’s City Park

“The cemetery has been clear that they were willing to accept the statue but they really wanted to make sure that the community, the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community would be supportive of that,” said Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson.

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“This city survey’s really helped to provide that information and input back to the cemetery board — so ultimately the final decisions really rests with the cemetery board more then it does with council at this point.”

City officials say Kingston city staff continue to analyze the survey information and a report to council is expected sometime in February.

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