By Kevin Jeffrey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A statue of the late Queen Elizabeth II represents colonialism and oppression, says Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa. The NDP deputy leader expressed opposition following an announcement from the governing Progressive Conservatives Wednesday that a statue of the late Royal is expected to installed on the grounds of Queen’s Park by the fall. Legislative Affairs Minister Paul Calandra learned about the stalled project in 2022 and had the government allocate $1.5 million to move the project forward. Mamakwa said he feels that a process should be followed when considering which statues to erect on the grounds of the provincial legislature in Toronto. “The queen represents the Crown, and the Crown is the one that signed the treaties for First Nations across Canada,” he said.
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