By Johanne Adam
Did you know that Thompson Residence is named for a former Canadian prime minister? That Vanier Hall is named for Canada’s first francophone governor general? Or, for that matter, that Fauteux Hall is named for a former chief justice of the Supreme Court?
Since Confederation, the University of Ottawa has had close ties with leading figures in the federal establishment. Many of them are our alumni.
University Chief Archivist Michel Prévost invites the public to discover our campus’s long-time federal connection during a guided tour taking place as part of Alumni Week. The tour was developed to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“Some visitors will be surprised to discover that former prime minister Paul Martin studied at the University’s high school, which he graduated from in 1956,” says Prévost, who adds that the high school was located in Tabaret Hall. “Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the first francophone to become prime minister of Canada, visited the old University chapel after the fire that destroyed Sacré-Cœur church in 1907.” On the other hand, “contrary to popular belief, Sir Hector-Louis Langevin, one of the Fathers of Confederation, never lived at 147 Séraphin Marion.”
The tour will also take place on Sunday, May 7 at 1 p.m. in French as part of Jane’s Walk.