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Ottawa asked to repair “sad” Alexander Mackenzie gravesite

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Sarnia’s mayor is appealing to Ottawa to improve the condition of Alexander Mackenzie’s gravesite in Sarnia.

Mayor Mike Bradley wrote the minister of environment and climate change that the grave of Canada’s second prime minister is in a “sad condition” and has been such since 1998.

The grave in Lakeview Cemetery was cited in a recent National Post report about the gravesites of prime ministers that have crumbling stonework, fading or illegible inscriptions and missing signage.

“I would ask you, on behalf of the people of this community and Canadians coast to coast on the 150th Anniversary of this country, to take immediate action to ensure the people who have served Canada as Prime Minister are properly respected as we celebrate the greatness of Canada,” Bradley said in his letter.

The Hon. Alexander Mackenzie was a local stonemason who became the second prime minister of Canada, serving from 1873 to 1878.

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