Landmarks Destroyed: The Forgotten Prime Minister

The political heart of Ottawa spans a ten-square block area of the old city. Here on Somerset Street lived Prime Minister John Thompson, a workaholic who wrote Canada’s first Criminal Code, created Labour Day in 1893 and was an early supporter of votes for women. “The days are not long enough for all the work I have to do,” wrote Thompson. “About all the exercise I can get is the walk from my house up to the Hill and back.”

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