'Anti-colonial vandals' deface Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Montreal
Group says act is a response to the city of Victoria, B.C., removing its statue of Canada's first PM
A statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in downtown Montreal was spray painted red Thursday night, the third time it has been vandalized since November.
An anonymous group issued a news release saying the act is a response to the city of Victoria, B.C., removing its statue of Canada's first prime minister.
The "anti-colonial vandals," as they call themselves in the release, say that Montreal should follow Victoria's lead.
The defacement comes as the debate over the commemoration of colonial-era figures rages on.
The Plante administration is creating a committee of Indigenous people to help pick a new name for Amherst Street, named for a revered British general who advocated for the use of biological warfare, through smallpox blankets, to kill Indigenous people.
Earlier this month, the City of Victoria announced it was planning to remove the statue of Macdonald from the front steps of city hall because of what it says is his role as "a leader of violence against Indigenous peoples."
Montreal is not considering taking its statue of Macdonald down, but a spokesperson for the city said the Plante administration is "thinking of adding cultural and historical references of the Indigenous community."
In a statement, the city said it's focusing its efforts to building strong ties with the Indigenous community.
The statue is expected to be cleaned up by Saturday.
With files from Radio-Canada