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Confederation Building 3

This is the first government building west of the end of Parliament Hill across Bank Street. It used to house the Treasury Board but now is used as offices for Parliament. It has become a victim of Canadian retroactive political correctness. The cornerstone was laid on July 1, 1927 the 60th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The original name was raised letters in unilingual English as French was little used in that period. When the "reformation" started in the 70's it was decided to chip away the word "Building" and to carve the English and French as shown in the photo. The places occupied by the original letters are clearly visible in the middle between the two words. I fully support Canada;s bilingual policy and always urge the students I tutor to learn both languages well or there will be no work for them in the not too distant future and the knowledge of more than one language will open up the world for them. BUT — I do not support what I consider to be the descecration of Canadian history simply to satisfy the Canadian desire for political correctness.

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Taken on April 23, 2007