Queens University has announced its intentions to remove Sir John A. Macdonald's name from their law school. In their release on Monday, Queen’s Board of Trustees today approved the university’s decision to remove the name of Canada's first Prime Minister.
“This decision is grounded in the university’s present-day academic mission and commitment to honour the values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity and to ensure all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome within the Queen’s community,” says Principal Deane. “It also supports our commitment to take action to address systemic racism and ensure every member of our community may enjoy the benefits of our institution equally.”
The online petition that called for Macdonald's name to be removed also recommended the law school change its name to Patricia Monture Hall. This would be after the famous Mohawk Leader.
Sir John A. Macdonald has recently become a polarizing figure in Canadian culture, with a significant push from left wing activists to remove statues and other commemorations of the Prime Minister. A statue of Macdonald was beheaded by a mob in Montreal in August. Elsewhere, statues have been hidden all together.
Political leaders have also been vocal on this issue. CPC Leader Erin O'Toole has criticized these attacks on Macdonald as being part of "cancel culture," while Prime Minister Trudeau has blamed the "extreme right" for dividing Canadians on the issue.