The removal of a statue of Canada’s first Prime Minister in one of the country’s largest cities is sparking discussion on the matter once again.
A statue of John A. MacDonald was recently taken down in Victoria, the British Columbia capital.
Here in Regina, the statue still stands in Victoria Park, though Mayor Michael Fougere said he’s aware that conversations about this issue have happened.
“My personal perspective and reflection on this one is that we don’t try to erase history and not learn from our mistakes in the past.”
Fougere noted we need to move forward so what happened under John A, MacDonald’s reign as Prime Minister doesn’t happen again.
“Having a plaque that would fully discuss and provide information, in an educational way to people, about the good things that the first Prime Minister of Canada did and some of the things that were questionable would be a much more substantial way to deal with reconciliation.”
Fougere also said public education is an important part of this as well.
“When you’re looking at the past, it explains how we got to where we are today.”