(Moncton) The Université de Moncton has launched a process to possibly change its name, which is associated with Robert Monckton, a British military officer involved in the imprisonment and deportation of Acadians.

The largest French-speaking Canadian university outside Quebec has indicated that it will appoint two officials to study a popular request for a name change. The review in question will examine the political, social, legal, economic and reputational implications of such a decision.

The rector and vice-chancellor of the university, Denis Prud’homme, maintains that the examination will be done in a transparent manner and in accordance with the values ​​of the establishment.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition this year to remove all ties from the university to Robert Monckton.

The establishment was founded in 1963 and owes its name to the city of Moncton, where one of its three campuses is located. It is the most populous city in New Brunswick.