The seemingly patriotic idea of building a set of 22 bronze statues to celebrate all of Canada's prime ministers appears doomed to fail following public backlash that suggested it was just another way to celebrate rich white men.
The project, currently being weighed by Kitchener, Ont., city council, had intended to mark the country's 150th anniversary in 2017, but the $2.2 million project received vast disapproval in a recent public survey.
The project was proposed by two local residents and would see 22 bronze statues placed in the city's Victoria Park. Already $1 million of private money has been pledged and $300,000 of public money has been requested. But after a poll found that 79 per cent of citizens opposed the statue project, Coun. Frank Etherington announced he would ask council to abandon it.
"For a variety of reasons, 1,773 out of 2,299 respondents said they do not want to see the statues anywhere in Kitchener," Etherington wrote in a recent blog. "Based on theseRead More »from Kitchener's plan to build statues for all 22 prime ministers met with revulsion