Relocate the statue of Edward Cornwallis to Province House
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We, the signatories of this petition, humbly request the Premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil, work with his government to transport and then permanently place the statue of Edward Cornwallis upon the open grounds of Province House.
The statue of Edward Cornwallis was removed from a park located in the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 31st, 2018. It has been in storage ever since with no permanent solution from the Halifax Regional Municipality as to where it's new home will be.
Haligonians believe that Edward Cornwallis is a very important part of their city's history and this statue deserves to be placed on the grounds of the home he built for himself when he was Governor of Nova Scotia, the very same grounds Province House is located on now.
The Residents of Halifax firmly believe Edward Cornwallis deserves the honor and respect given other great Nova Scotians such as Gabriel Sylliboy and Viola Desmond. When this city was founded the world was a much different place. The values held by all peoples 250 years ago cannot be judged by today's standards in the Court of Public Opinion. Edward Cornwallis was a servant of King George II and did his duty in 1749 while England was in a Cold War with France. The Mi'kmaq were allied with the French Crown during this conflict and thus were hostile agents against the Crown of England. Both sides committed acts we would consider 'Barbaric' in today's world but was indeed commonplace 250 years ago.
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