With the recent vandalism committed to Regina’s statue of Sir. John A. MacDonald, many are speculating it has something to do with the recent criticism of the nations first Prime Minister’s involvement with residential schools.
While not speculating on why the statue was defaced, Mayor Michael Fougere said instead of dividing people, or in the case of removing the statue all together like in Victoria, we need to learn from the past and grow from it so cases like the residential schools never happen again.
“We shouldn’t forget that he was part of residential schools yes he was, and we need to know that, understand that, and understand why he did that, that is the outcome we want to see is understanding and education, to make sure that something like this never happens again,” Fougere said.
Fougere also said it’s important to remember MacDonald’s contributions to Indigenous and women’s voting rights.
The statue has been vandalized at least three times since 2012.
Something Fougere said not matter what is always disappointing to see.
“It is disappointing any time you see defacing of public property and we’re concerned about that,” Fougere said. “The notion of this happening when you want to advance in a calm way a public discussion of statues and other things, this sin’t a helpful thing to go through and it’s disappointing,” Fougere also said.