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VIDEO: Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Montreal toppled

Canada’s first prime minister was a well-documented racist.

The Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Place du Canada in Montreal was pulled down today during an otherwise peaceful protest calling to defund the police.

VIDEO: Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Montreal toppled

The John A. MacDonald statue has been spray-painted and chipped in recent months due to the first prime minister’s role in introducing the Indian act and the residential school system for Indigenous youth, and his well-documented discrimination against Black people, which led to additional systemic racism in Canada. In June, thousands of Montrealers signed a petition to have the statue removed. ■


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