The City wants to remove the name of a antipatriote, but not citizens

News 18 March, 2018
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    Carl Vaillancourt

    Sunday, 18 march, 2018 01:00

    Sunday, 18 march, 2018 01:00

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    Citizens do not want to Chambly changes the name of the street Colborne, a british governor who ordered the hanging of 12 patriots, and burned a village in 1838.

    The street was named in honor of John Colborne will disappear on April 16th. It will now be the name of Ostiguy.

    “We want to remove the Colborne street, which refers to a character who has a story, which is not very glorious. We don’t want to make his trial, but we don’t want to glorify his wrongdoing, ” explained the deputy mayor Jean Roy.

    The residents of the street do not want anything to have to make steps for their change of address.

    A resident of the street, Jean-Patrice Martel, has commenced a process to demonstrate in order to roll back the City.

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    Jean-Patrice Martel has started a petition where 27 of the 31 households oppose changing the name of the Colborne street.

    “We have sent a petition signed by 27 of the 31 owners of our street, but we have not had any return. The council don’t consult, ” he explained.

    A page of history erased

    According to historian Gilles Laporte, it is inconceivable to remove the name of Colborne in the town of Chambly.

    “It is a part of the history of fort Chambly. He was in charge of the military barracks as a british governor. If one starts to remove names from History that are not our business, we have a serious problem, ” he said.

    The Commission de la toponymie du Québec has not yet given its green light to the municipality to change the name.

    68 owners

    In spite of everything, the municipality of the South Shore has sent this week a letter to the 68 owners, who will see their address be changed to April 16.

    “What are the steps to never-ending we expect. It will be a financial impact and logistics on the business of landscaping of my son, ” said France Laliberté, who lives on this street for 32 years.

    In spite of the resistance of the citizens, the municipality has decided to pursue its activities. The Commission de toponymie du Québec is expected to rule on the case on 26 march next year.