Canadians refuse to let Sir John A. Macdonald be cancelled
National Post: 'Considering the onslaught of hate against Canada’s first prime minister, this is remarkable. If polls can be compared, the Angus-Reid survey carried out in the summer of 2018 showed that 55 per cent of Canadians had a favourable view of Macdonald and were opposed to the removal of statues in his honour. In the summer of 2020, when Macdonald monuments were removed or destroyed in Charlottetown and Montreal, a Leger poll for the Association for Canadian Studies again showed that more than half of respondents were opposed to their removal (71 per cent were especially against any violent removal).
'The new poll shows that Macdonald is one of the most recognized people in Canadian history. He beats out Métis hero Louis Riel, suffragette politician Agnes MacPhail and the father of Canadian medicare, Tommy Douglas. The survey also shows that 67 per cent of people who know Macdonald have a favourable impression of him, including 25 per cent who had a “very favourable” impression. Among those who claim to know Macdonald, ethnic origin makes practically no difference (67 per cent among Caucasians and 65 per cent among BIPOC respondents).'