Thursday, June 25, 2020

Is Lionel-Groulx going down?

Lionel Groulx must be the only historian in Canada to have a subway station named after him. I've never heard any suggestions that Toronto might one day have a Creighton station, or an Innis, or a Berton....

Now there is a petition circulating in Montreal to change the name of the Lionel-Groulx metro station to honour Oscar Peterson -- and through him the cultural diversity of the Petite-Bourgogne neighbourhood.  It is noted that Groulx, who also has a college and a major historical prize named from him, indulged in anti-semitic clich├ęs, but the cultural diversity argument seems to be top of mind.

  I see this was also a live issue a dozen years ago -- and we covered it then too.  There's a website that explores Montreal history by Metro station name, if you are interested.  

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