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Art in Parliament Hill: themes and motifs

By Cynthia Münster      

Other repeating motifs are the grotesques, sprinkled throughout the Centre Block to lighten the mood. Centre Block architect John Andrew Pearson wanted these to help people rest and clear their minds, says House curator Johanne K. Mizgala.

The Creation (1986) frieze, below the portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald on the left wall inside the MPs’ entrance by Joseph Jacobs, portrays the legendary Tadodaho. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster

PARLIAMENT HILL—The ever-evolving art of Parliament Hill is an endless wonder to those who work or visit the halls of power. House of Commons curator Johanne K. Mizgala recently took The Hill Times for a walk around and showed off some lesser known pieces whose meanings may have escaped the casual observer. The photographs show some of the highlights.

In Speech from the Throne, a nod to Western alienation, promise to enshrine Indigenous rights

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'

Throne Speech steeped in British parliamentary tradition dating back to at least the 16th century

Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Queen Elizabeth, on her first royal visit to Canada in 1957, delivered John Diefenbaker's first Throne Speech. In 1977, she delivered Pierre Trudeau's Throne Speech as well in Canada.

Liberals’ Anthony Rota elected Speaker of the House

News|By Aidan Chamandy 3:04 PM ET
MPs used a ranked-ballot voting system to elect the new House Speaker.

‘Thou shalt be there,’ government whip tells MPs as high-stakes minority Parliament kicks off Thursday

News|By Palak Mangat
In a minority Parliament, co-operation between parties is now an 'imperative, as opposed to something that we would try to do,' says Chief Government Whip Mark Holland.

‘A servant of the House’: MPs to elect Commons Speaker in early-morning ceremony

News|By Beatrice Paez
Incumbent House Speaker Geoff Regan says he expects MPs will be largely influenced by their peers' assessments of the candidates in casting their ballots for the new Speaker.

Political ties, not diplomatic bona fides needed for next Canadian envoy in D.C., says former ambassador

News|By Neil Moss
‘From a U.S. perspective, the relationship between the ambassador and the prime minister has to be extremely close,’ says Michael Kergin.

‘Let’s get on with the contest now’: chorus of prominent Conservatives calling for Scheer’s ouster continues to grow

News|By Mike Lapointe
But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.

Parliament security labour standoff nearing end of the road

Long-awaited collective agreements are finally being settled with the unions representing Parliament’s security officers, just in time for a new round of talks.

French envoy defends Macron’s NATO comments as ‘brave’

French ambassador Kareen Rispal says the 29-member alliance is in the midst of a political crisis and her president was recognizing that fact.
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