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Lover's Lane Mural: Closeup of Sir John A. Macdonald

Lovers' Lane
393 Laurier Avenue East


Macdonald the Ghost

Confronting Macdonald’s ghostly image, the man, the politician, and his legacy fuse once again. Canadians have long found the life and achievements of Sir John A. Macdonald to be a source of pride. But his memory and legacy are also sources of pain for many. He has become an emblem of systemic racism and even genocide. Sir John A. Macdonald, and all that he represents, is not an easy figure to grapple with. How do we commemorate such a complex figure?


How do we address a ghost?


Mural of Sir John A. Macdonald on Lovers' Lane, across from Stadacona Hall

Caption reads: 

"We are a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it. We shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken."

 «Le Canada est un grand pays qui devint plus grands de l'univers si nous savons le préserver, mais qui sombrera dans l'oubli si nous le laissons se disloquer.»

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