Charlottetown city council sends John A. Macdonald statue debate back to committee

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Charlottetown city council says more discussion is needed before it decides what to do with a statue of Canada's first prime minister.

The artwork, which features Sir John A. Macdonald sitting on a bench in Prince Edward Island's capital, has been vandalized three times in the past year.

Indigenous groups on the Island have recommended the city add a sculpture of an Indigenous elder next to Macdonald to create the image the two are in conversation.

They also want the city to install a new plaque that describes more of Macdonald's story, including his role in the creation of the residential school system.

Council voted 7-2 Monday evening to send the issue back to committee for further discussion.

Charlottetown Mayor Phillip Brown says reconciliation is important and he hopes any changes can be made as soon as possible.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 26, 2021.

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