Halifax council rejects Edward Cornwallis naming motion
The name Edward Cornwallis will remain on municipal properties in Halifax.
A motion was put forward at Tuesday’s council session to update municipal markers bearing the name of Nova Scotia’s first governor Edward Cornwallis, including a park, statue and a street with his namesake.
Halifax Regional Council narrowly defeated a motion 8-7 requesting a staff report on a public engagement process on the issue.
The proposal has dredged up a centuries-old conflict over the legacy of Cornwallis, the founder of Halifax.
In 1749, Cornwallis issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi’kmaq men, women and children. Some historians characterize the order as a “genocide.”