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Feds mum on moving controversial statues on Parliament Hill

By Neil Moss      

Tory MP Peter Van Loan says taking down Sir John A. Macdonald statues distorts his historical record, while government and Hill spokespeople ducked questions about controversial Hill statues.

A statue of Sir John A. Macdonald stands on Parliament Hill, as the removal of another statue of Canada's first prime minister in Victoria raises questions over historical remembrance. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The government won’t say if there has been any discussion of removing Parliament Hill statues of Sir John A. Macdonald and other historical heavyweights who have become viewed as controversial by some in recent years, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez won’t say if they think the statues should stay or go.

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