Prime Minister kicks a father of confederation into the history garbage bin

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will remove the name that has adorned the building where his office is located.

Todd Lamirande
APTN National News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will remove the name that has adorned the building where his office is located.

Since 1889 the building at the southeast corner of Wellington and Metcalfe streets has been known as the Langevin building.

It was named after Sir Hector-Louis Langevin who is considered a Father of Confederation and a cabinet minister in the Sir John A MacDonald’s cabinet.

Langevin is also known as an architect of the residential school system that forced an estimated 150,000 children from their homes and into state-run schools.

The schools decimated families and communities. Many have never recovered.

But on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided it was time his office was not named after a proponent of such a diabolical program.

“We will remove this name,” said Trudeau. “And what was once Langevin Block will now officially and practically become the Office of the Prime Minister and the Privy Council.”

Trudeau used Aboriginal Day to also announce a new space for First Nation, Métis and Inuit across from Parliament Hill, and a new name for Ab Day.

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Todd Lamirande is Red River Métis. Todd first joined APTN in 2000 as a writer - researcher. He went on to be a videojournalist based in Vancouver. Todd has hosted three programs for APTN News and Current Affairs: the national news, Investigates and Nation to Nation.

3 thoughts on “Prime Minister kicks a father of confederation into the history garbage bin

  1. break the ten dollar remind of a racist figure and symbol of Canada. If past historical wrong can led to recovery and reconciliation. People like that cannot be honored today and builders of nation from the misery of so many. I for one willing to forget.

  2. This would. E the premier of Manitoba the most racist Province of when it comes to First Nations people tell me I’m wrong and I will apologize

  3. Would that be Manitoba the most racist Province in Canada when it comes to First Nations People tell me I’m wrong and I will apologize

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