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Kenney says he would be happy to receive Montreal's destroyed statue of Sir Macdonald

Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney , says he would be happy to take the destroyed 125-year-old bronze statue of John A. Macdonald from the City of Montreal and install it on the grounds of the Alberta Legislature.
Joe Vaughan The Post Millennial

Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney, says he would be happy to take the destroyed 125-year-old bronze statue of John A. Macdonald from the City of Montreal and install it on the grounds of the Alberta Legislature.

The statue of Canada's first Prime Minister, crafted by George Edward Wade 125 years ago, was pulled down, beheaded on impact and then spray painted in a Downtown Montreal's Place Du Canada on Saturday.

Montreal police say that the protestors were mostly peaceful and that no arrests were made on the day.

Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney told media "If the City of Montreal decides not to restore Wade's statue of Macdonald to where it stood for 125 years, we would be happy to receive it for installation on the grounds of Alberta's Legislature."

Jason Kenney has called out the mob for being "thugs" and said they represented the "extreme left." In his tweets he slams the "bands of thugs" that "vandalize our history without impunity."

In a statement to media, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said she strongly condemns "the acts of vandalism that took place this afternoon in downtown Montreal... Such gestures cannot be accepted or tolerated."

"We know that certain historical monuments, here and elsewhere, are at the heart of emotional debate. I reiterate that I prefer to put them in context rather than simply removing them."

There is no certainty that the statue will be fully repaired and placed back in the same location.

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