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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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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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