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Montreal's Sir John A. Macdonald statue defaced again

The statue been vandalized several times by people saying the statue should come down as part of a fight against racism and colonialism since November 2017.

Macdonald and Queen Victoria statues sprayed with paint on Monday

The downtown Montreal statue of Sir John A. Macdonald was defaced, again, on Christmas Eve. (Mathieu Daniel Wagner/Radio-Canada)

The statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in downtown Montreal was sprayed in red paint early Monday morning.

It's been vandalized several times by people since November 2017 amid calls for the statue to come down as part of a fight against racism and colonialism.

The statue of Queen Victoria on the steps of McGill University's Strathcona Music Building was also defaced.

The City of Montreal doesn't plan on removing the Macdonald statue.

A spokesperson for the city said in a statement, last August, that the Plante administration is "thinking of adding cultural and historical references of the Indigenous community."

The administration also created a committee of Indigenous people responsible for renaming Amherst Street. It's named after a British general who advocated killing Indigenous people through biological warfare.

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