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Petition calls for removal of Pierre Trudeau statue over ‘historical racism’

A petition has been started on change.org to remove the statue of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau for “historical racism.”

Pierre Trudeau was Canada’s prime minister when the Residential School in Kamloops was open and at the time had refused to take action. Now the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found in a mass grave at the institution.

“It is time to stand up to symbols of racism and hate. The statue of Pierre Elliott Trudeau should be removed from the Vaughan park,” reads the petition.

“Additionally, Pierre Trudeau was reported to have written an anti-Semitic play when he was in University. It is time to stand up to symbols of racism and hate. The statue of Pierre Elliott Trudeau should be removed from the Vaughan park.”

The petition to remove Pierre Trudeau’s statue was started by Mark Slapinski at Toronto99.com

Earlier this week students at Ryerson University vandalized a statue of Egerton Ryerson who founded the institution. Ryerson is said to be one of the people who came up with the idea of the residential school system. He was a vocal advocate of separating indigenous children from their families to “educate” them. Statues of Ryerson and Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, have been the targets of vandalism.