Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said last week that she wants more consultations before making a decision on the Memorial to the Victims of Communism on Parliament Hill, and that was music to Ottawa architect Barry Padolsky’s ears.
The monument, whose main proponent is the non-profit group Tribute to Liberty, was a lightning rod for criticism under the last government since the first public support for the project was announced in 2012.
Padolsky was an early opponent, and he said he believes the review will result in a smaller, redesigned memorial located somewhere else in the city.
“Joly sent a signal that the new Liberal government wants to demonstrate a shared commitment to a fine capital,” he said.
The Liberal’s unexpected majority win dealt a blow to the project, which two Liberal Ottawa-area MPs has questioned. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna said on the campaign trail that the memorial was in an unsuitable location, and MP Anita Vandenbeld said that theRead More »from Communism memorial opponent welcomes Liberal rethink