Why does Lady Justice statue on Queen Elizabeth II’s throne need to be taken down?
Posted On July 12, 2021
A statue of Queen Elizabeth the First is currently being removed from the Queen Elizabeth Memorial in Ottawa after the government decided to make it a national holiday.
A news release from the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services said the removal will be “consistent with the Queen’s mandate to promote a strong and stable Canadian community.”
It said the statue was built in 1903, and was donated to the city of Ottawa.
It has been in the grounds of the memorial since 1976, and is the oldest statue of the Queen in the world.
The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Stephen Blais, said the decision to remove the statue had nothing to do with political correctness.
“It has nothing to with any political message or any personal feelings,” he said.
“This is an opportunity to remember a great man.”
The removal of the statue is part of a broader public-safety initiative, announced by the government earlier this month.
The Queen will remain on the throne for a total of four days during the ceremony.
It’s the first time the queen will be on a public holiday in her 75-year reign.
A ceremony for the removal of a national monument will take place on Thursday, July 18.
A statue to the queen, erected in 1913, was relocated in 2014 after it was vandalized in front of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
The statue, made of marble and bronze, was vandalised in front, which was the site of the city’s first anti-war rally.
The first anti war rally in Ottawa was held in 1908, and the statue’s removal was not a controversial move.
The Canadian Museum of History says the statue, which depicts a young Queen Elizabeth sitting on a throne, is the “only remaining monument to the First World War in the city.”
It says it will be relocated to a site where it can be “protected from future vandalism.”
“It’s an important reminder of the important role the First Nations have played in our history, our heritage and our culture,” said CMIHC spokeswoman Anna-Marie Smith.
“We appreciate the government’s decision to consider a national commemorative holiday, but as a matter of public safety, we believe it is in the best interest of the community that the statue remain at its current location.”
The statue will be taken to a location to be determined.