Statue of John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first PM vandalized in Montreal.

The John A. Macdonald monument at Place du Canada in downtown Montreal was vandalized with what appears to be paint yesterday night or early Sunday morning.

Police is investigating the incident.Nicholas Clyde Griffith, who works as a security guard and caretaker for the park, said he noticed the vandalism just before noon Sunday.

Griffith said that this isn’t the first time the statue has been targeted.

An anonymous group has taken responsibility for the incident, claiming the defacing took place ahead of today’s planned anti-racist demonstration — but say they are not affiliated with the protest.

The group posted a video online showing the act of vandalism along with a message stating that Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister and a Father of Confederation, was a “colonialist.”