The statue of a controversial judge that stood in front of the courthouse in New Westminster is now gone.
Judge Matthew Begbie was the first Chief Justice of the then-Crown colony of British Columbia in 1858.
These days, Begbie is remembered as the judge who presided over the murder trial of six Tsilhqot’in First Nation men as part of the Chilcotin War in 1864. Five were hanged near Quesnel later that year, with a sixth hanged in New Westminster in 1865.
Premier Christy Clark exonerated the men in 2014.
Last May, New Westminster city council approved a motion from councillors Nadine Nakagawa and Chuck Puchmayr to remove the statue, with the motion saying it was a “symbol of the colonial era and this grave injustice.”
So New Westminster is to re-write history taking down any colonial history. What will replace Begbie stat, with a new one of Chief Dan George ? God dam disgusting.
— Dan Donnelly 🇨🇦 (@mortyNW) July 7, 2019
First it was Sir John A. Macdonald now it's Sir Matthew Begbie…
The radical left is hell-bent on
destroying this country and erasing its history. Toppling monuments to those who built this country and laid the foundation for our future.
It's time to fight back. pic.twitter.com/0PPWCpFrvf
— Aaron Gunn (@AaronGunn) July 7, 2019