Nikhil Cooper (Parliament East Block)

East Block of Parliament

The East Block of Parliament housed the office of the Governor General and offices of all the Cabinet ministers during the early days after Confederation. It is constitutionally significant because it was where the British North America Act of 1867 was first considered and formulated. It is also where our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, took the first ever oath of office for the position, before he joined those celebrating Confederation on Parliament Hill. Although the building is primarily used in modern times as offices for Senators and no longer houses the meetings of the Privy Council, the building will forever be known as a site where the Cabinet met (for 105 years), and many important discussions regarding the administration of the nation, post-confederation, took place.

GPS Co-Ordinates: 45.42 degrees North, 75.69 degrees South.

This content has been updated on 15 December 2016 at 11 h 27 min.