May 11, 2016 6:09 am
Updated: May 11, 2016 5:48 pm

Halifax council rejects Edward Cornwallis naming motion

WATCH ABOVE: There is plenty of reaction to a Halifax Regional Council vote concerning Edward Cornwallis and his legacy, but not everyone is disappointed. Global’s Paul Cormier reports.

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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.

READ MORE: Military historian urges caution in Halifax’s debate over Cornwallis name removal

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.”

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