Statues remind us to remember
History shows us that Sir John A. Macdonald was a powerful contributor in shaping and building this nation - that fact is undisputed.
We know now (sadly, in social hindsight) that some (not all) of his contributions were unjust, unethical, prejudiced and harmful in the very long term. We would be remiss to not remember the shameful aspects of what our country was built on, alongside the great ones.
The removal of the statue erases the possibility of telling this whole story - good, bad and ugly, about this particular individual and his role in Canadian history. Leave the statue but update the narrative to provide a balanced and factual account of his contributions so that we never forget and we never repeat the same.