James McGill statue “must come down”

The perky statue of James McGill on the campus he endowed is the subject of a petition demanding its removal. (The caption to this piece is quite at odds with the main story. In case it gets edited, the caption goes on to say “The contribution Anglophones and minorities made to building Quebec are being omitted from a new history course, critics say.”)

While the Macdonald monument in Place du Canada is from 1895, the McGill statue is relatively recent, dating from 1996. I remember at the time the informal posture of the figure was praised for its evocation of character. Nonetheless, it has to go.

(Have a look at the house belonging to the guy who made the McGill sculpture.)