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Public Men and Public Life in Canada (1912)


Public Men and Public Life in Canada (1912)

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    James Young
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. OPENING OF THE FIRST DOMINION PARLIAMENT- IMPOSING CEREMONIES—LORD MONCK DECLARES CANADA TO BE "A NEW NATIONALITY." The first Dominion Parliament was called to meet promptly after the elections. The official proclamation named November 6th for the opening of the session. The capital of Canada, Ottawa City, was in 1867 an antiquated, half French, half English place of about 20,000 inhabitants. Its appearance was unattractive, if we except the new Parliamentary, Departmental and Library buildings overlooking the Ottawa, and the immense modern lumber mills driven by its rushing waters. The magnificent Government structures, their grandeur and beauty enhanced by their location on the bold and picturesque bluffs overlooking the Chaudiere Falls and the river, appeared like a group of brilliant planets in a sombre sky, but there was at that time little else about the capital which gave promise that it would soon develop into the " Washington of the North," which it already and not unreasonably aspires to become. As the opening of Parliament drew near, the city began to manifest some signs of bustle andexcitement. Up to the day before the opening, however, most of the new legislators were still on their travels. It was in fact no easy matter at that time to reach Ottawa from Western Ontario, let alone the Maritime Provinces. A rough, uncomfortable branch railway from Prescott, and one or two second-class steamboats on the Ottawa River, were about the only means of finally reaching there from either East or West. When the senators and members of the House of Commons had mostly arrived, the hotels and boarding-houses were found to be crammed, and their accommodations uncomfortably limited. At Toronto, en route to Ottawa, a few of the Western Liberal members held ...  
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