Panel recommends updating monuments, including to Washington, D.C.’s namesake Here’s a vivid illustration of the axiom that, on any given day, any political controversy in Canada has an equivalent in the United States that just happens to be bigger. In this case, much, much bigger. And taller. And a few dozen tonnes heavier. This latest example comes just as Canadians are reacting to protesters in Montreal toppling a statue of the country’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, over his treatment and policies toward Indigenous people. A working group in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday recommended renaming, removing or recontextualizing a variety of monuments in the city, including one gargantuan one destined to grab attention: the Washington Monument.