Pierre Elliott Trudeau:
Chrétien insists mountain be renamed
By Robert Matas, Caroline Alphonso
Saturday, October 7, 2000
Vancouver -- Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is sticking with plans to name the tallest mountain in Canada after Pierre Trudeau, despite bitter opposition by those who want the Yukon peak to retain its current name, Mount Logan.
Another mountain will be named for Sir William Logan, who lived in Canada more than 150 years ago, Mr. Chrétien said after touring the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park in North Vancouver with a group of Grade 5 school children.
Also, the highest peak in Quebec is named in Sir William's honour, he added.
"We don't do that often," Mr. Chrétien said, referring to the renaming of the mountain. But he added the country rarely has a prime minister of Mr. Trudeau's stature.
"The same thing when Mr. Pearson left us: right after that, the cabinet named Lester B. Pearson building in Ottawa, because it was the Department of Foreign Affairs and he had been a great minister of Foreign Affairs."
Sir William Logan, a surveyor, made the first-ever geological maps of Canada in the 1800s. He was the first Canadian-born person to be knighted.
Mr. Chrétien announced the renaming of the 5,959-metre mountain in Kluane National Park on Wednesday, one day after Mr. Trudeau's funeral. However, the move is opposed in many quarters -- by geologists, historians, even descendants of Sir William.
Gerald Holdsworth, a research associate at the University of Calgary's Arctic Institute of North America, said Mr. Chrétien is not listening to the people of Canada.
"There's a huge avalanche of protest," he said. "To depose a famous man like this . . . it's unthinkable," Mr. Holdsworth said.