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Conservatives Condemn ‘Political Correctness’ In Statue’s Removal

David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer is criticizing a decision to remove a statue of one of Canada’s founding father’s, Sir John A. Macdonald.

The city of Victoria, British Columbia is removing a statue of Canada’s first prime minister because he led Canada during a period when Residential Schools took Native children from reservations for education. As CTV News reports, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps admits that Macdonald was a key figure in Canadian confederation but that the statue is a “painful reminder of colonial violence.”

Alberta Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is also outraged by the attacks on Macdonald’s name and legacy.

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He also cited “political correctness” and referred to the removal of a historical statue for current political concerns as “historical vandalism.”

“John A. Macdonald was not a perfect man, but he was still a great man,” Kenney said.

“Macdonald’s audacity of vision is partly what made Confederation possible 150 years ago. It required incredible patience and a bold vision…We must honour his vision, his central role in the creation of what has become one of the greatest, freest and most prosperous countries.”

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