Critics of Mother Canada memorial want to stop construction

This drawing shows the Mother Canada and The Commemorative Ring of True Patriot Love memorial...

This drawing shows the Mother Canada and The Commemorative Ring of True Patriot Love memorial planned to be built along the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. (Never Forgotten National Memorial/Facebook/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 2:55 PM ET

A new memorial to honour Canada's war dead is receiving mixed reaction from local residents and Canadians online.

Called Mother Canada and the Commemorative Ring of True Patriot Love, the memorial will feature a towering statue of a woman facing out to the Atlantic Ocean. The statue will mimic the saddened figure of Canada Bereft, also known as Mother Canada, which appears on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

The memorial will be built along the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

While it was announced in August, news about local opposition to the project has just started making headlines.

In one recent letter to the editor in the Cape Breton Post, Whitby, Ont., resident Garry Briand says as a veteran who landed in France on D-Day, he is "an avid supporter of any memorial to veterans," but he is worried about the location.

"As a past Parks Canada naturalist and a professional nature photographer, I cannot think of a worse location," Briand wrote.

Kathleen Lewis of Dingwall, N.S., however, wrote she "can't wait" for the memorial in another letter.

On Monday, some Twitter users said the memorial was a terrible idea.

"We are not Rio de Janero. That last thing we need is some gaudy statue of Mother Canada. Who the hell even is Mother Canada?" @MissLeahBauer wrote.

 

 

A petition has been started on the website Change.org to stop the memorial.


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