In the late 1920s Nova Scotia Premier E.N. Rhodes, encouraged by business and community leaders, set up the Cornwallis Memorial Committee to erect a statue to recognize Edward Cornwallis as the Founder of Halifax and to promote tourism (including visitors arriving by train and ship). The Scottish-American sculptor Massey Rhind was engaged to design the statue to be located in the park across the street from the Canadian National Railway Station and the new Nova Scotian Hotel (now Westin Hotel). The statue was unveiled in 1931; the bulk of the $20,000 cost was provided by the railway with contributions by the Province and City. At the unveiling ceremony the CNR committed custody of the statue to the City and in later years the property was transferred to the city. Halifax Regional Council in October 2017, facing controversy over the statue from the Indigenous community, moved to establish a Special Advisory Committee (SAC) to advise on how to commemorate Cornwallis and to recognize and commemorate Indigenous history in HRM; on January 30, 2018 Council, without proceeding with the SAC, voted to immediately remove the statue and placed it in undisclosed storage for an undetermined period.