Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Visit to Parliament Hill

On Sunday, with St. John's NL Archbishop Martin Currie, who was visiting for a few days to celebrate a marriage joined me and Fr. Jim Knapp for a very informative visit to the Parliament of Canada.

The process of getting free tickets is quite expeditious, though we do have to go through airport security style clearance (which adds a half-hour to the 45-minute visit).

The tour guides were friendly and informative. Unfortunately for our group, an MP brought some of his constituents into the House of Commons, which meant we had to take a pass on the Green Chamber, but we did see the Senate, the Parliamentary Library (which is a gem) and, after the tour, took the elevator to the top of the Peace Tower dedicated in 1919 (and so named to express the aspirations of our country after the horrow of World War I).

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