Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies previously called on the VSB to take action after the University of Liverpool renamed a building that was named after Gladstone.
“In the 21st century I think having institutions that are named after people associated with slavery is simply inconsistent with the values we hold today, and frankly, it’s repugnant to many people,” he told Global News. “It’s something we need to deal with, recognize and change.”
Gladstone Secondary is an “incredibly diverse” school, he added, and it’s “simply wrong” to keep a name associated with white supremacy. He lauded Chu for his scholarship initiative and efforts, and called Wayson Choy an “excellent suggestion” for renaming the school.