The man who vandalized the John A. MacDonald statue in Victoria Park has been found.
47 year old Vibank native Patrick Johnson came forward to 620 CKRM on Tuesday as the vandal. The statue was found Tuesday with red spray paint on it’s hands, as well as some at it’s base.
And he noted it’s not his first time doing this either.
“The initial moment I did that was when the Crown refused to appeal the Colten Boushie verdict,” Johnson said. “That so offended my soul I went down to the park and did that that night.”
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Since that time, the city has cleaned the graffiti.
For Johnson, vandalizing the statue was a way to use it as a billboard for a form of peaceful process.
“Also, it demonstrates truth about Canada, not just the whitewashed version.”
Johnson said actions were done to make a change, for it to be something to be talked about in the light.
Regina’s mayor Michael Fougere has said in the past that we shouldn’t erase history. Rather, instead of removing the statue, the Mayor’s has said installing a plaque at/on the statue would be good in allowing people to deal with what MacDonald did as Prime Minister.