The granite headstone situated at the grave of former Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King in Toronto has been defaced.
Toronto police said they are currently investigating the case and made it known that the offence was considered to be mischief over $5,000. No suspect has been arrested for the vandalism that took place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery recently.
While defacing the headstone, the vandal(s) chiselled out King’s name off the granite monument and his ceramic image on a Parks Canada historical plaque was scratched off.
While talking about the damage, Rick Cowan, Assistant Vice-President of marketing and communications for the Mount Pleasant Group said: “Looking at the damage that was done, it would appear that it was deliberate on the granite.
“Whoever did this would have had to have come prepared to do that damage.”
Security officers detected the damage to the headstone, which is also known as a ledger grave marker, and the Mount Pleasant Group informed the police and Parks Canada.
King, who lived beyween 1874 and 1950, was a three-time Prime Minister— from December 1921 to June 1926, September 1926 to August 1930 and October 1935 to November 1948.