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Halifax council narrowly rejects review of commemorations of Edward Cornwallis

May 11, 2016 - 6:07 AM

Halifax city council has narrowly decided not to discuss a public review of commemorations of Edward Cornwallis, Nova Scotia's first governor.

Coun. Waye Mason proposed a motion Tuesday to consider updating municipal markers bearing the name of Cornwallis.

After a vigorous debate, councillors rejected the notice of motion in an 8-7 vote.

The razor-thin result comes in light of heated controversy over Cornwallis’s treatment of indigenous people.

Cornwallis founded Halifax in 1749 and soon after issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaq men, women and children.

Mason told council he wants to engage the city in a difficult conversation about its founder.

He acknowledged campaigns to remove Cornwallis’s name from municipal landmarks, including a park, street and prominent statue in downtown Halifax.

Many councillors said they are fielding angry phone calls from citizens who want to preserve the city’s history.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2016
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