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Plurality of Canadians disapprove of removing Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from building and landmarks; wealthiest most strongly opposed: poll

By Marco Vigliotti      

The random telephone survey of 1,408 Canadian voters by Forum Research found 44 per cent of respondents disapproved of removing the name, while only 33 per cent supported the concept.

Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, has been both derided as an 'architect of genocide' and praised as one of Canada's founding fathers. George Lancefield photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

Less than one-third of Canadians support removing the name of the country’s first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald from schools, museums, and other institutions, according to a new poll from Forum Research, despite renewed criticism over his role in creating the residential school system and advancing discriminatory policies against Indigenous peoples. The random telephone survey of 1,408 Canadian voters found 44 per cent of respondents disapproved of removing the name from buildings and other landmarks, while only

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