First Parliament Site Saved for Future Generations
The Ontario government—in partnership with the City of Toronto and with
the support of local heritage groups—has acquired a significant part of
the site of Upper Canada's first parliament, Cultural Minister
Madeleine Meilleur announced on December 21, 2005.
The province and a private landowner have agreed to a land exchange to
secure a portion of the historic first parliament site at 265 Front
Street East in downtown Toronto.
"The site of Ontario's first parliament buildings is our cradle of
democracy and a site of historical significance," said Meilleur.
"We are delighted to assume the lead role in the preservation of this
significant heritage site," said the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander,
Ontario Heritage Trust chairman and former lieutenant-governor. "It is
the birthplace of our systems of courts, land ownership and civil
freedoms - democratic traditions that are the very measure of our
strength as a province and as a society."
Artifacts now lying underground mark the site of Ontario's first
parliament buildings. The brick buildings built specifically for the
legislative assembly in the late 18th century were burnt to the ground
by the invading American troops during the War of 1812.
The British retaliated by attacking Washington and setting the
president's house on fire. It was consequently painted white to cover
up the fire damage.
04 February, 2006
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