Saturday, January 27, 2018

In Confederation Hall

Leaving the Memorial Chamber takes one out through this passage, and down a staircase back to the main level in Centre Block. The visitor ends up in the same corridor that leads west to the House of Commons.

Along this corridor are the portraits of recent prime ministers, done after their tenure in office is complete. Here we have two prime ministers, John Turner and Kim Campbell, whose times at the helm of the country were brief. Turner was a Liberal PM after Pierre Trudeau stepped down, losing the next election to Brian Mulroney. When Mulroney's tenure came to an end, Campbell replaced him as Conservative leader and Prime Minister- only to lose the federal election some months later.

The way out goes through Confederation Hall. This grand space is a focal point for the building, with corridors branching off for the Commons, the Senate, and the Library of Parliament from here. It was decorated for Christmas during my visit. I hope you've enjoyed this tour. I will likely do one more tour in here before the building closes up for the scheduled rehabilitation work, which is due to be underway in September.


  1. The designs and arches are beautiful!

  2. Hello, I love the design and arches too. Pretty building! Have a great day!

  3. Thanks for this wonderful tour, William, I've really enjoyed it.
    I like the depth in your 7th photo of today, it's a pity that sign stood in the middle.

  4. Gosh! I wonder if Italian stone cutters were involved, William

  5. i really enjoy the castle-like feel to it all ... very like u are going back in time and think u might see knights roaming around. awesome!! ( ;
    have a great weekend.

  6. I can't see too much of this great building. Nice tour.

  7. @Tom: it certainly is.

    @Marianne: thank you!

    @Marie: I've always thought so.

    @Nancy: they really are.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Jan: you're welcome!

    @Cloudia: our country has a good history in terms of stone masons. Some of them have been working on the rehabilitation process in recent years.

    @Beth: it's a Canadian Hogwarts!

    @Red: thank you.

  8. Impressive building with wonderful arches, William !

  9. That is a spectacular building with amazing details.

  10. It reminds me of some grand gothic European cathedral! A magnificent structure!

  11. Very impressive and beautiful structure. The details are gorgeous.

  12. The detail in those last shots is wonderful!

  13. Lovely photos ~ favorite are the first two and how you captured the light so well!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. @Karl: I love the arches.

    @Sharon: it was well designed.

    @Lowell: it does have that look.

    @Bill: I agree!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @RedPat: thank you.

    @Carol: thanks!

  15. I do like the way they've decorated those arches.

  16. This walk would be haunting if taken at night.

  17. Nice tour of a beautiful building. Thank you, William!

  18. There is something so regal about arches.

  19. WOW. I must say it again: ornaments are beautiful. Amazing piece of work. Good shots too, William.

  20. I've very much enjoyed seeing the wonderful details of Confederation Hall, merci beaucoup William.

  21. What, no painting of Stephen Harper?

  22. @Revrunner: so do I.

    @Catalyst: I imagine the parliamentary police who oversee these buildings are used to it at night.

    @Kay: you're welcome.

    @Joe: I agree.

    @Tammie: indeed.

    @Klara: thanks!

    @Grace: you're welcome.

    @Jennifer: indeed!

    @Norma: not yet!