Let’s talk about the Cornwallis statue—again

The statue of Edward Cornwallis that used to stand in a Halifax park.

In yesterday’s regional council session, 15 members of city council voted on Councillor Waye Mason’s motion to request a staff report that would lead to a public discourse on whether or not to update municipal markers honouring Governor Edward Cornwallis. It was defeated 8–7.
Cornwallis founded Halifax in 1749. In October of that same year, he issued “The Scalp Proclamation,” which offered a bounty for the scalps of Mi’kmaq men, women, and children. The bounty was in place until 1752.
Halifax’s Twitter community reacted swiftly, and conversations went on until late last night. But things really got interesting when Maggie Stewart, a local lawyer and arts administrator, put out a call for information.
 
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The tweet caught my eye, and I pulled up the minutes from October 20, 2015, when Halifax Regional Council voted on a motion by Councillor Linda Mosher to request a staff report to consider approving the donair as Halifax’s official food, which passed 12–4.
I put together the lists of names and sent them to Stewart, who added my comment to a tweet she received from Mason, which listed the names of the councillors who voted down the Cornwallis report.
 
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Of course, as Councillor David Hendsbee said to CBC News: “The donair is one of those fun iconic food situations. We’re not going to put up a big statue on the waterfront of a donair.”
He’s already got that spot in mind for the Cornwallis statue.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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