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Queen Elizabeth statue coming to Ontario legislature after delay, govt fronts $1.5M

The Ontario government says it has allocated $1.5 million to complete the project, which it hopes to see finished this fall — contractors broke ground on the statue's foundation late last month. 

Published Aug 2, 2023 at 5:40pm

The Canadian Press
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The Canadian Press
Queen Elizabeth statue coming to Ontario legislature after delay, govt fronts $1.5M
Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the session of Parliament in the Senate chamber in Ottawa on Oct. 18, 1977. A statue of Queen Elizabeth II is coming to the Ontario legislature grounds, ending the project's yearslong delay and reigniting a conversation about the commemoration of polarizing historical figures. (Canadian Press photo)

A statue of Queen Elizabeth is coming to the grounds of Ontario's legislature, ending a years-long delay and reigniting a conversation about the commemoration of historical figures.

The Ontario government says it has allocated $1.5 million to complete the project, which it hopes to see finished this fall — contractors broke ground on the statue's foundation late last month. 

The statue was originally intended to go up in 2017, to mark the queen's Sapphire Jubilee and 150th anniversary of Confederation, but the government says a fundraising effort spearheaded by a private heritage trust faltered.

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