Macdonald Monument

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Macdonald Monument
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Coordinates 45°29′55.5864″N 73°34′10.578″W / 45.498774000°N 73.56960500°W / 45.498774000; -73.56960500Coordinates: 45°29′55.5864″N 73°34′10.578″W / 45.498774000°N 73.56960500°W / 45.498774000; -73.56960500
Location Place du Canada
Designer George E. Wade
Material bronze, stone
Opening date June 6, 1895
Dedicated to John A. Macdonald

The Macdonald Monument is a monument of sculptor George Edward Wade located at Place du Canada in Montreal.

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This monument in memory of John A. Macdonald was unveiled by Earl of Aberdeen, Governor General of Canada on June 6, 1895.

At the top, an allegorical female figure carrying a horn of plenty represents Canada. Below, the children symbolize the seven provinces that made up Canada at the time. The bronze is housed under a stone baldachin replete with copper bas reliefs of industrial and agricultural trades practised in the Dominion he first commanded. While the plaza is arranged along the skewed cardinality characteristic of Montreal, Macdonald looks west-northwest, under a canopy created by trades, at the vast expanse awaiting the command coming from Montreal. Also, he faces off against the tribute to Sir Wilfrid Laurier, across the street in what is now Dorchester Square. The whole monument constructed in the Dominion Square is the work of English sculptor George Edward Wade (1853-1933).

The monument was erected by the citizens of Montreal. The two cannons flanking the monument were used at Sevastopol in the Crimean War and were a gift from Queen Victoria to the City of Montreal in 1892, to mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City.

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