Donors to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the University of Montreal reportedly wanted to erect a statue of Chinese communist leader Chairman Mao Zedong at the institution’s law school alongside one of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
“They suggested one of Trudeau and Mao together,” University of Montreal spokesperson Geneviève O’Meara told Canadian news outlet The Globe and Mail in a report published Tuesday.
The former prime minister and father of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau established diplomatic relations between Canada and China in the early 1970s and eventually traveled to Beijing where he met and shook hands with Chairman Mao in October 1973.
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The two exchanged words over social issues, the Canadian economy and more.
The Globe claimed a national security source told them Chinese billionaire donor Zhang Bin pledged a $1 million donation to the foundation after a diplomat urged him to do so and incentivized him …