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Editorial Exchange: A Monumental Honour for Us All

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: A Monumental Honour for Us All

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Editorial Exchange: A monumental honour for us all

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An editorial from the Waterloo Region Record, published Nov. 29:

It's always the right time to celebrate Canada and remind ourselves what a magnificent land we live in.

In 1967, communities from sea to sea marked the nation's 100th birthday by embarking on centennial projects that have since become legendary. Countless arenas, gardens and parks were opened. A flame was ignited on Parliament Hill that continues to burn to this day. Montreal hosted the world as well as the country with Expo 67. Those projects educated and bound us together then -- and left a legacy that, in many cases, we cherish today nearly half a century later.

Now, as we head toward 2017 and Canada's 150th birthday, two Waterloo Region visionaries have unveiled plans for a bold and novel sesquicentennial project that would see a statue of every one of Canada's prime ministers installed in Kitchener's Victoria Park.

Bravo to Dave Caputo, president of Sandvine, and Jim Rogers, a former Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate principal, for a marvellous idea as well as the brilliant blueprint for making it a reality. What a fantastic birthday party there could be in this region less than four years from now.

How often have you heard it said that when it comes to their own history, Canadians have been stricken with amnesia? Here's the antidote. A pathway, winding through Kitchener's most lovely urban park, would feature life-sized statues of our 22 prime ministers -- from John A. Macdonald to Stephen Harper. (Of course, by 2017 we could even have a new prime minister to add to this illustrious group.)

Those who tread this walkway will learn more than names and faces. Hidden in the design of each statue will be clues about that prime minister that will help explain the significance and achievement of that leader. …

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