Around Parliament Hill are a scattering of statues, some of them Prime Ministers, others being Fathers of Confederation. Two are monarchs. Over time I'll show them in turn. It seems suitable to start with this one. Wilfred Laurier was Prime Minister from 1896-1911, the first francophone PM, a statesman and one of our best leaders. His statue is the easternmost of the monuments on the Hill, backdropped by the East Block.
It has a view of the Chateau Laurier, named in his honour. The hotel is here in part based on Laurier's policies of building a second transcontinental railroad across the country, policies that had to be sorted out by his successor as PM, Robert Borden.