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article imageDoors Open Toronto '11: An inside look at the Ontario Legislature Special

By Andrew Moran     May 28, 2011 in World
Toronto - The doors of 150 historical buildings are open in Toronto for the annual Doors Open Toronto festival. Torontonians are invited over two days to take a look at some of the unique architecture that the city has to offer, including the Ontario Legislature.
“It must be an independent House, having a free action of its own, for it is only valuable as being a regulating body, calmly considering the legislation initiated by the popular branch, and preventing any hasty or ill considered legislation which may come from that body, but it will never set itself in opposition against the deliberate and understood wishes of the people.” – John A. Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada
Outside of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park, there are demonstrations, protests and rallies about every month or so. Inside of the historic building, there is discourse between the political parties, legislation is debated on and passed and strife usually occurs between Members of Provincial Parliament.
On Saturday and Sunday, the provincial parliament is opening its doors for residents of Toronto to get a taste of the historical significance of the building and what it has meant for the province of Ontario.
All over the building there are walls of portraits of former Ontario Premiers, MPPs and figures that have been instrumental to the creation of the province.
From the Legislative Assembly chamber to the Speaker of the Chamber’s office to the Lieutenant Governor’s room, Torontonians were able to witness it all during this annual city festival.
To learn more about Doors Open Toronto, click here.
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Image of the first Legislative Assembly in Ontario.
Image of the first Legislative Assembly in Ontario.
Portrait of former NDP Ontario Premier Bob Rae.
Portrait of former NDP Ontario Premier Bob Rae.
Ontario Legislature.
Ontario Legislature.
Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe - First Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and founder of Tor...
Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe - First Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and founder of Toronto.
Statue of John MacDonald Prime Minister of Ontario 1867 - 1871.
Statue of John MacDonald Prime Minister of Ontario 1867 - 1871.
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