York Regional Police are investigating an “act of vandalism” after someone threw black paint on a statue of Pierre Elliott Trudeau in a Vaughan park.
Police initially sent out a tweet around 2 p.m. Thursday following a report that the life-sized bronze likeness of the former prime minister was found vandalized in Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.
The face of the statue was covered in black paint.
“Unfortunately, this is an act of vandalism, and in these times I’m not sure what that accomplishes,” Staff Sgt. Dave Mitchell told reporters at the scene.
“This type of thing doesn’t do anybody any good.”
York Regional Police say the force’s hate crime unit is also investigating.
The City of Vaughan sent crews to repair the damage and the paint has now been completely removed from the statue, police say.
“I find it insulting, I find it disrespectful … It’s disappointing,” Mitchell said.
“Every Canadian citizen, regardless, you should be offended by this type of stuff.”
Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua says he was “deeply disappointed” by the incident.
“Like so many Canadians, I admire Pierre Trudeau’s commitment to fostering a fair and just society,” he said in a statement issued Thursday.
“His actions led to the creation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This nation-building document enshrines our right to freedom of speech and to protest in a constructive, thoughtful and peaceful manner.”
Police are asking any witnesses with information to call 866-876-5423 ext. 7441.