A statue of the Scottish-born founder of Canada that was beheaded and toppled by protesters may never return to its previous prominence, The Times can disclose.
Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, led a chorus of condemnation when activists brought down the monument to Sir John A Macdonald in Montreal in August, describing it as “vandalism”. Its downfall and decapitation prompted cross-party calls for the statue to be repaired and reinstated.
However, the city of Montreal has confirmed its future is now uncertain.
For more than a century Macdonald, whose family emigrated from Glasgow in the early 19th century, was venerated as the statesman who brokered the deal that established Canada as we now know it and became its first prime minister. However, in