'Vimy Park' will be renamed after former Quebec premier and separatist Jacques Parizeau after a vote by Montreal City Council.
The park and nearby street was named in honour of The Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. It was during this World War One victory that many Canadian soldiers lost their lives.
Many believe that Vimy Ridge is what marked Canada's birth as a nation. Therefore, renaming the park after someone who wanted to tear the country is even worse.
According to CJAD, Projet Montreal councillor Stirling Downey and independent councillor Jeremy Searle were the only ones who opposed the name change.
“It is controversial for no reason. The easiest way to have nipped this in the bud would have been to contact the Parizeau family, contact the Legion, contact the Vimy Foundation, hear what they have to say about it and how they wish to be remembered,” Downey said.
Councillor Searle made a point about how this was the wrong time to be renaming the park.
“Choose a park. Make a new park. Build a monument. Do nothing now, and on April the 9th, 2017, when the park is inaugurated, that’s the day to change the name of Vimy Park,” he said.
Mayor Denis Coderre said before the vote that “we will have something that will rightfully honour our veterans”. However, no details about the location or plans for a new memorial park were given.