The debate over public monuments of historical figures has made its way to Regina.
On Monday, the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) covered a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in a sheet and police tape, advocating for it to be removed due to his treatment of Indigenous people.
The group also created a petition.
“I think we need to understand the entire historical context of each statue and each individual, what they bring,” said Mayor Michael Fougere on the CJME Morning Show in response.
Fougere said it’s important people look at Macdonald’s entire legacy.
“Certainly there are some troubling aspects to Sir John A. Macdonald, but he is actually the Father of Confederation. He actually helped to create Canada, he created the national railway system,” Fougere explained.
“He did some things that, by our standards today, are pretty bad, but we need to understand the entire context of what a person did to build our country and let’s have this conversation.”
Fougere said if SCAR’s petition gets the sufficient number of signatures and is brought to council, the next step will be public consultation.
Premier Brad Wall gave his input on the removal of historic names in a Facebook post last week, calling it a “slippery slope.”