Historian wants Wellington Street renamed
An Ottawa historian has launched a website to boost support for his campaign to change the name of Wellington Street to Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard.
Bob Plamondon said the Parliament Buildings and the Supreme Court building should be located on a street named after Canada's first prime minister, rather than a British citizen.
"Whenever you come to the Parliament Buildings, you will cross Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard," said Plamondon. "It will be the address that Canadians will associate forever with the founding of Canada."
David Jeanes, vice-president of Heritage Ottawa, said many roads in the capital have been renamed, but nothing as substantial as Wellington, named after the duke who pushed for the Rideau Canal.
"When you change a street name, you make it harder to understand the written histories," said Jeanes. "You also lose some of the connection to how Canada was created in the first place."
But Plamondon said he doesn't want to erase Wellington from Ottawa's history. He said the section of Wellington Street running through West Hintonburg should stay as it is.
"Unfortunately Wellington Street is broken up into two," said Plamondon. "So I say, let's preserve one section but we have only one founder and we should connect that forever without our Parliament."
It costs just over $2,000 to file a name-change request to the City of Ottawa.
Plamondon is hoping to raise the money through his website.
With files from the CBC's Ashley Burke