Friday, July 21, 2017

Quebec Blog #36: It's Simply Parlimentary: Some History, too!

We're at the end of the blogs on our trip to Old Quebec City and in this blog we'll take you>through the Parliament Building. There are tours given daily of the building’s interior, and we took one, so we'll share some pictures of the inside here. We'll also share a history timeline, courtesy of Parliament's website. 

WHAT IS THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING? Built in 1886, the Parliament Building is an eight-floor building in Quebec City and home to the Parliament of Quebec, composed of the Lieutenant-Governor and the National Assembly. It's located at 1045 Rue Des Parliamentaires, Québec City, QC G1A 1A3, Canada
One of the two chambers

ARCHITECTURE FACT: It is built in the style of Second Empire architecture in Europe. The building has four separate 
wings to form a square approximately 100 meters on each side. It was inspired by the expansion of the Louvre in Paris, and was designated a Quebec national historic monument in 1985.

The legislative Council Room
TO TAKE A TOUR-  Tours last about 45 minutes. They're free of charge, but you have to go an reserve your spot. You can't just walk in and take a tour... because the groups fill up fast. Tours are in both French and English. You'll learn the history and workings of Québec’s parliamentary institutions and Québec’s history.

For information:

Tom taking a picture of an ornate door
A Snapshot of Quebec History: 

June 10, 1791: The Constitutional Act is given royal assent, thus establishing the Chamber of Assembly of Lower Canada, or House.

May 24, 1792: The writs, or orders, are issued for the first general elections, to be held in June and July. This officially launches the election campaign.

December 17, 1792: Lieutenant-Governor Alured Clarke opens the first Parliament’s first session in the Chapel of the Bishop’s Palace in Québec City.

December 18, 1792: Jean-Antoine Panet, Member for Upper Town Québec City, is elected Speaker by his peers.

January 21, 1793: The language debate begins. Never before had the question of the Government’s official language been raised in the colony.

January 23, 1793: By a vote of 20 to 14, the Assembly passes a resolution giving equal standing to French and English by deeming both official languages of legislation.
Going up to the 2nd floor

A very ornate door
April 19, 1793: The Assembly passes a resolution requesting that all future financial assistance and allowances be the privilege of the House and that all related bills originate with Parliament.

Women in Politics Statue

March 19, 1810: Three outgoing Members, Pierre-Stanislas Bédard (Lower Town Québec City), François Blanchet (Hertford) and Jean-Thomas Taschereau (Dorchester and Leinster), are arrested and accused of subversive practices for their ties to the newspaper Le Canadien.

February 21, 1834: After five days of stormy debate, the Assembly passes the 92 Resolutions (by a vote of 56 to 24).

NEXT: The Final Quebec City Blog: The Shrinking St. Lawrence River and Expanding Shoreline over Time


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next