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It’s time for Bennett on Parliament Hill

R.B. Bennett’s story deserves to be a larger part of our collective story. He should have a statue on Parliament Hill.

Photograph courtesy of House of Commons curator
Parliament Hill’s story is incomplete for it is without a statue of prime minister R.B. Bennett, Conservative prime minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935. He deserves to be there, writes historian and author John Boyko.

 History matters. It is the stories we tell ourselves and others about who we are and who we aspire to be. Among the important ways we tell those stories are through the monuments we erect on Parliament Hill. The lawn outside our House. Sir John is there. So are Diefenbaker and Laurier, the Queen, the Famous Five, and more. But Parliament Hill’s story is incomplete for it is without a statue of prime minister R.B. Bennett. He deserves to be there. We need him there for visitors to ponder his life and contributions as reflections of the values we cherish as Canadians.

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It’s time for Bennett on Parliament Hill

R.B. Bennett’s story deserves to be a larger part of our collective story. He should have a statue on Parliament Hill.

Photograph courtesy of House of Commons curator
Parliament Hill’s story is incomplete for it is without a statue of prime minister R.B. Bennett, Conservative prime minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935. He deserves to be there, writes historian and author John Boyko.

 History matters. It is the stories we tell ourselves and others about who we are and who we aspire to be. Among the important ways we tell those stories are through the monuments we erect on Parliament Hill. The lawn outside our House. Sir John is there. So are Diefenbaker and Laurier, the Queen, the Famous Five, and more. But Parliament Hill’s story is incomplete for it is without a statue of prime minister R.B. Bennett. He deserves to be there. We need him there for visitors to ponder his life and contributions as reflections of the values we cherish as Canadians.

  
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Sunday, May 24, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

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The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
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Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
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Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
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NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
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Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
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DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
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Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
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Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
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Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
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Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
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Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
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Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
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Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
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Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
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Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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