Kingston's Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission joins celebrations as federal government unveils plans for Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa
For Immediate Release - October 10, 2013
Ottawa: Kingston lawyer Robert P. Tchegus of the law firm Cunningham Swan was a guest of honour Thursday when the Harper government unveiled the designs of the Parliament of Canada’s new Sir John A. Macdonald Building.
Tchegus was there in his role as Chair of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission’s volunteer Steering Committee.
“The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission believes it is fitting that this beautiful building – located near Parliament Hill, where Sir John A. did so much to craft and define our country during its earliest days – will now be known as the Sir John A. Macdonald Building,” Tchegus told the audience during his address. “And if even just one young Canadian in the future notes the name of this building on the sign outside and then returns to their school library or searches the Internet for information about Sir John A., then we will all have done a good thing for Canada’s future.”
Joining Tchegus on the platform was Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, whose department is responsible for the renovation. Representatives from the Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Museum of Civilization were also part of the official party.
The former Bank of Montreal Building on Ottawa’s Wellington Street will serve as the permanent home of the Confederation Room where meetings and ceremonial events for Parliamentarians will be held. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2015, Sir John A. Macdonald’s bicentenary year.
Tchegus reminded the audience that not much time remains before Sir John A. Macdonald turns 200 in January 2015, making celebrations like Thursday’s all the more important.
“The bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth is now less than two years away,” he said. “This national celebration is the rarest of opportunities for Canadians, from all walks of life, to reflect on our nation’s history. It is a time to recognize the public service of those like, Sir John A., Sir Charles Tupper, George Brown and D’Arcy McGee, and others, who came together when a young country needed them most. This is an inspiring story and one we believe needs to be shared over and over again with Canadians as 2015 get closer.”
“Through Minister Finley, the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission would like to salute Prime Minister Harper and his government for their generous support of our Commission.”
For further information please contact Kate Burgess at the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission at (613) 767-8178 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact Robert Tchegus please telephone (613) 546-8073 in Kingston.
The pictures, courtesy Public Works and Government Services Canada, show Mr. Tchegus with Minister Finley inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building, Ottawa.
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