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Photograph of Parliament Buildings under construction, August or September 1863
Rapport de la Commission nommée pour s'enquérir des matières relatives aux édifices publics à Ottawa, 1863
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Construction, maintenance and the technological improvement of Canada's Parliament Buildings were the subjects of orders-in-council for many years after the government moved from Québec City to Ottawa in 1865. In November 1867, Member of Parliament Thomas D'Arcy McGee (1825-1868) compared Canada's cultural development to one of the engineering challenges faced in the seat of Parliament:
The order-in-council represented here demonstrates the attention prominent legislators gave to the installation of innovative technology such as "telephonic service."