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October 10, 2012 11:17 ET

Harper Government Commemorates Sir Isaac Brock and his Role in the War of 1812

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2012) - Local Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, David Sweet, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced that the building located at 55 Bay Street in Hamilton, Ontario, will be named the Sir Isaac Brock Building in recognition of his contribution during the War of 1812.

"I am delighted that this building is being named in recognition of Sir Isaac Brock, who helped shape our nation," Minister Ambrose stated. "Sir Isaac Brock, a hero of Upper Canada, played a crucial role in Canada's development by ensuring victory in the Battle of Queenston Heights."

During the naming ceremony, MP Sweet unveiled a plaque that will adorn the building. "It is fitting that we name this building after Sir Isaac Brock, since it stands just a few kilometres away from the site of the historic Battle of Queenston Heights, where he sacrificed his life defending Canada," said MP Sweet.

This event is part of several commemoration activities taking place this year to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. This anniversary is an opportunity for all Canadians to take pride in our country's traditions and history. The end of the war laid the foundation for Confederation and Canada's ultimate emergence as an independent nation in North America.

The building was constructed in 2003 and was purchased by the Government of Canada in 2008. It is currently occupied by the Canada Revenue Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, National Defence, Veterans Affairs Canada, Correctional Service Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, Health Canada, Industry Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada and a number of commercial tenants.

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock played an instrumental role in the defence of Upper Canada and in the victorious Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812. The first major American attack occurred at Queenston Heights on October 13, 1812. After losing his initial advantage, Brock led the troops himself in an attempt to charge up the Heights, where he was singled out by an American marksman and killed instantly. British forces, Canadian militia, and First Nations warriors rallied and drove back the Americans, forcing nearly 1,000 to surrender.

Today, Brock's story serves as a reminder to all Canadians of his sacrifice in the Battle of Queenston Heights and his efforts that ensured the preservation of Upper Canada.

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BACKGROUNDER

55 Bay Street, Hamilton, Ontario

The Government of Canada building at 55 Bay Street in Hamilton has been chosen to be named the Sir Isaac Brock Building in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

This postmodern, nine-storey building was built by the Hi-Rise Group Inc. in 2003 and purchased by the Government of Canada in 2008. The building is currently occupied by the Canada Revenue Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, National Defence, Veterans Affairs Canada, Correctional Service Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, Health Canada, Industry Canada, and Public Works and Government Services Canada. In addition, there are a number of commercial tenants.

The building is located in close proximity to several historical battlefields of the War of 1812, notably Burlington Heights, Stoney Creek and Queenston Heights. This is why the building was selected to commemorate a War of 1812 hero, Sir Isaac Brock.

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock and his role in the Battle of Queenston Heights

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, also known as the "Hero of Upper Canada," played an instrumental role in the defence of Upper Canada and in the victorious Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812. Known as the first major American attack, the battle occurred on October 13, 1812, while the American troops were trying to establish a foothold in the Niagara region. After losing his initial advantage, Brock led the troops himself in an attempt to charge into Queenston, where he was singled out by an American marksman and killed instantly. British forces, Canadian militia, and First Nations warriors then rallied and drove back the Americans and forced nearly 1,000 to surrender.

Today, Brock's story reminds all Canadians of his sacrifice in the Battle of Queenston Heights and his efforts that led to the preservation of Upper Canada.

For more information on the Battle of Queenston Heights or on Sir Isaac Brock, visit www.1812.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Amber Irwin
    Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
    819-997-5421

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
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