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Posted: Feb 04, 2014 11:09 AM ET
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2014 5:11 PM ET
Storified by CBC News Community· Tue, Feb 04 2014 14:10:25
A Toronto city councillor has put forth a motion to rename the city’s major transit hub, Union station, the Sir John A. Macdonald Station.
Renaming the station after Canada’s founding father and first prime minister as his bicentennial approaches would be “a unique opportunity to recognize his contribution to our country,” according to Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, who put forth the motion today.
“One of his greatest accomplishments was the creation of the Canadian Pacific Railway,” he wrote in the proposal to council. “This railway served as an important link from coast to coast, and played a significant role in uniting the country in the context of rejecting the manifest destiny of the United States.”
Of course the station is currently named like many other stations around North America. ‘Union’ refers to a railway station where tracks are shared by two or more separate railway companies -- in this case currently GO trains and VIA Rail trains, with the TTC’s link directly below.
Coun. Adam Vaughan was one of many to question the idea.
"I don't think you obliterate history to honour history," Vaughan said, instead giving an alternative way of potentially honouring Canada's first prime minister.
"There's a new plaza in front of Union Station that's being built. Maybe it's the plaza that's appropriately named for John A. MacDonald."
As soon as the announcement was made, many took to Twitter to call the motion everything from a great idea to a waste of time and money.
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