Calgary

Wolfe statue’s move to park marked with ceremony

A ceremony will be held this weekend in a Calgary park to mark a battle that changed the face of Canada.
A 110-year-old, bronze statue of Gen. James Wolfe was recently moved to a small park in the neighbourhood of Mount Royal on Wolfe Street.
A ceremony will be held this weekend in a Calgary park to mark a battle that changed the face of Canada.

A 110-year-old, bronze statue of Gen. James Wolfe was recently moved to a small park in the neighbourhood of Mount Royal on Wolfe Street.

The more than three-metre high statue of Wolfe once adorned a building in New York City but was privately bought and later donated to the city and moved to the planetarium in 1967.

Wolfe faced French Gen. Louis-Joseph de Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham at Quebec City on Sept. 13, 1759.   Members of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, a British regiment that was part of that battle, will be part of a "re-introduction" ceremony in the park on Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m.

Spokesman Cameron Diggon said he believes it will be the only ceremony outside of Quebec marking the 250th anniversary of the battle, in which the British defeated the French for control of what was then called New France.

"Perhaps it’s a perspective from the distance that allows us to see the positives rather than the negatives. I think the decision to cancel the re-enactment in Quebec was unfortunate. I think it would have been good for the city of Quebec," Diggon said.

The National Battlefields Commission cancelled a re-enactment of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham set for Quebec City this summer due to security concerns that the mock battle could turn into a modern-day conflict.

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