Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 31, 2015 15:22 ET

Sir George-Etienne Cartier to Be Honoured in Canada's Capital

Plaque to be installed at site of former residence of prominent Father of Confederation

GATINEAU, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - July 31, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada will recognize the Fathers of Confederation, beginning with one of the most well-known: Sir George-Étienne Cartier. An interpretive plaque will be installed at the site of his former home in Ottawa.

A key figure leading up to Confederation, Cartier was born in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. While in Ottawa during his political career, he resided at 123 Metcalfe Street (now the site of Hotel Indigo).

Cartier used his persuasive leadership to forge coalitions and to bring new provinces and territories into the union.

Quick Facts

  • George-Étienne Cartier was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada (Quebec and Ontario) in 1848. He worked passionately for a fair system of land ownership, the introduction of public education and the adoption of a civil code of law.
  • Cartier served with John A. Macdonald as joint premier of the province from 1858 to 1862. Cartier advanced the idea of coalition and encouraged Britain's North American colonies to work together toward the goal of Confederation.
  • After Confederation, 11 Fathers of Confederation moved to the capital to represent their constituents in the House of Commons.


"On the road to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada, our Government is committed to highlighting the key people and defining moments in our history that have shaped this country and contributed to our sense of pride in what Canada represents: a strong, proud and free nation. We look forward to recognizing Sir George-Étienne Cartier, a prominent Father of Confederation, in a permanent way in the Capital."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage