Demonstrators knock John A. statue off its perch in Montreal

The controversial John A. Macdonald statue in Montreal is no more.

It was toppled during a “defund the police” demonstration over the weekend.

A now-viral video captured the moment when demonstrators knocked the bronze likeness of Canada’s first prime minister off its pedestal in the city’s downtown core.

The politician has a bad reputation among Indigenous Peoples for his support of assimilationist residential schools.



Reporter / Montreal

Lindsay was born and raised on the unceded territory of Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), and joined APTN News as a Quebec correspondent in 2019. While in university, she collaborated on a multiplatform project about the revitalization of the Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) language to commemorate the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Before APTN Lindsay worked at the Eastern Door, CTV Montreal and the Montreal Gazette.