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Quinte Boy returns

Sir John A. Macdonald statue in PictonPicton’s Canada Day celebrations included the official installation of a new piece of public art in front of the Armoury building on Main Street: a bronze statue of John A. Macdonald as he might have appeared when he was a young lawyer, practising in the town.

The statue is the work of Ruth Abernethy and represents the successful completion of the five-year Macdonald project, chaired by David Warrick.

Hundreds of people attended the event, which included an additional unveiling of a bronze bust of Macdonald which was donated to the Museums of Prince Edward County. Nancy Woods and Steve Ferguson accepted the bust from David Warrick on behalf of the Museums and the Prince Edward Historical Society.Unveiling of John A. Macdonald bust

Other speakers at the event included Justice Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal and Janet E. Minor, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Justice Sharpe spoke about Macdonald’s contribution to Canada’s constitution, while acknowledging his failings in relation to Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Treasurer Minor highlighted Macdonald’s progressive views on votes for women and noted that in every year since 2000, more women than men have been called to the bar in Ontario.

Congratulations to the sculptor, the project team, and the organizers of today’s event.

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