Canadian Parliament Photo Sampler

Update – March 2018

Looking for political or parliamentary photographs? Consider the Canadian Parliament photo collection. It includes 200+ images of our institution in scenarios such as Canada Day, Inside, Silhouettes, Christmas, Evenings, Seasons and Night shots.

View the Canadian Parliament photo sampler for inspiration! Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you for visiting and have an excellent evening,

Michel – Website

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The Supreme Court of Canada

Update – March 2017

A Photo Essay by Michel Loiselle

Today, I’d like to take you on a visit of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Art-deco architecture, just west of Parliament Hill on Wellington Street in Ottawa.

Photography by Michel LoiselleThe Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court of Canada, the final court of appeals in the Canadian justice system. Its decisions are the ultimate expression and application of Canadian law and binding upon all lower courts of Canada. It is composed of nine judges: the Chief Justice of Canada, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C. and eight Puisne Justices.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleCourt Calendar

The court sits for 18 weeks of the year beginning the first Monday of October and usually runs until the end of June and sometimes into July. Hearings only take place in Ottawa, although litigants can present oral arguments from remote locations by means of a video-conference system. The court’s hearings are open to the public. Most hearings are taped for delayed telecast in both of Canada’s official languages. When in session, the court sits Monday to Friday, hearing two appeals a day. A quorum consists of five members for appeals. A panel of nine justices hears most cases.

Law Clerks

Since 1967 the court has hired law clerks to assist in legal research. Law clerks conduct research, draft bench memoranda, and assist in drafting judgments, as well as any other research duties assigned by the law clerk’s judge such as drafting speeches or articles. Currently, each justice has three law clerks.

Supreme Court of Canada photo by Michel Loiselle

The Building

Construction began in 1939, with the cornerstone laid by Queen Elizabeth, consort to King George VI and later Queen Mother. It was designed by Ernest Cormier. The court began hearing cases in the new building by January 1946. The building is renowned for its Art Deco decorative details, including two candelabrum-style fluted metal lamp standards that flank the entrance, and the marble walls and floors of the grand interior lobby contrasting with the châteauesque roof.

Aerial Supreme CourtIn 2000, it was named by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium.

Two flagstaffs have been erected in front of the building. A flag on one is flown daily, while the other is hoisted only on those days when the court is in session. Also located on the grounds are several statues, notably:

Supreme Court photos by Michel Loiselle

Ottawa photos by Michel Loiselle

  • Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent by Elek Imredy 1976
  • Two statues by Canadian sculptor Walter S. Allward:
    • Statue of Veritas (Truth)
    • Statue of Justitia (Justice)

Photos by Michel LoiselleOn June 9, 2011 Canada Post issued ‘Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa’ designed by Ivan Novotny (Taylor|Sprules Corporation) and based on a photograph by Philippe Landreville as part of the Art Deco series. The stamps feature a photo of the Supreme Court of Canada, designed by Ernest Cormier in 1939, and were printed by Lowe-Martin Company, Inc.

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleSource: Wikipedia, the Supreme Court of Canada Web site.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this information on the Supreme Court of Canada. The photos are from the Supreme Court collection. You may also want to see the Canadian Parliament photo collection. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Use the images in documents, Web sites and reports. The files are color corrected, noise-free and magazine quality.

Thank you and have an excellent evening.

Michel – Website

 

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Confederation Building – Parliament Hill

Update – March 2017

Ottawa, Bank and Wellington Streets

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Today, I’d like to take you on Parliament Hill. More precisely, the Confederation building. As you can see, it’s an interesting structure with neat towers and beautiful turrets. It was completed in 1932 as the first major component of a new federal government precinct in the area west of Parliament Hill. It was designed by the Chief Architect’s Branch of the Department of Public Works, with official attribution to R.C. Wright, David Ewart and Thomas Adams.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe  exterior is virtually unchanged; It was originally constructed to house employees of federal departments, namely the Department of Agriculture.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

The interior was renovated in the 1970s to mark a shift from accommodating departmental staff to housing a number of government Ministers and Members of Parliament with their staff. It now plays a central role in Parliament.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Approximate Size: 9,122.6 m2
Current Occupant: House of Commons

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleI hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this interesting building. The pictures are from the Canadian Parliament photo collection. A 200+ image catalog showing Parliament architecture doing what it does best. Images start at $12 (web size) and are available for immediate download. You can also have a look at the various categories I offered, from People, Christmas, Mammals etc. See the galleries here:

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleSources: PWGSC Services, Wikipedia
Images: Michel Loiselle

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The Library of Parliament

Update – January 2018

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Today, I’m taking you on a tour of the Library of Parliament. It’s an amazing building set in the High Victorian Gothic Revival style by Thomas Fuller and Chilion Jones. It opened in 1876. Directing a staff of 300, Sonia L’Heureux was appointed Parliamentary Librarian on June 22, 2012.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Library Business

Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe Library of Parliament offers information, reference and research services to parliamentarians and their staff, parliamentary committees, associations and delegations, and senior Senate and House of Commons officials.

Current issue reviews, backgrounders, compilations, legislative summaries, reading lists and finding aids are just some of the Library’s information tools.

The Library has more than 17 linear kilometres of materials (600,000 items) in its collection, including books, periodicals, government documents, CD-ROMs and videos. Parliamentary clients can also tap into services such as on-line databases, an electronic news filtering system and an on-line catalogue of information right from their desktops.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Inside

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The main reading room rises to a vaulted ceiling and the walls and stacks are lined with white pine panelling carved into a variety of textures, flowers, masks, and mythical creatures. In the galleries are displayed the coats of arms of the seven provinces that existed in 1876, as well as that of the Dominion of Canada, and standing directly in the centre of the room is a white marble statue of Queen Victoria, sculpted by Marchall Wood.

The Library

Interesting Facts

Banknote

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Not many people are aware that the building is featured on the Canadian ten dollar banknote. The front features a portrait of Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, and a metallic image of the Library of Parliament.

Recycling

BuildingA significant portion of the old copper roofing from the Library of Parliament renovation, was reused by the Canadian War Museum at various locations throughout the museum’s interior spaces.

Fire of 1916

The 1916 fire that destroyed the majority of the Centre Block; the building was only connected to the main complex by a single corridor and the library clerk at the time, Michael MacCormac, secured the library’s iron doors before the fire could spread into that area.

Evening LibraryThere is so much more to know and learn about the Library of Parliament. Visit the Library site for an interesting fact sheet and more.

The images in this essay are part of the Canadian Parliament photo collection of more than 200 pictures. Images start at $5 and are available for immediate download.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. Have an excellent evening.

Michel – http://loiselleblog.com

Sources: Wikipedia, Library of Parliament, Royal Canadian Mint.

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Christmas on Parliament Hill

Festive Parliament

Update: March 2018

Each December, Capital cities across Canada are brought together by the annual celebration called Christmas Lights Across Canada.

There are giant snowflakes superimposed on the Parliament Centre Block and more than  150,000 lights on the Hill. Here, the trailing lights were a bonus as a bus drove by creating this great effect during a long exposure.

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Moving inside, we are greeted with a pair of very big Christmas trees in the Rotunda and many more down the hallways. It’s a beautiful showcase that complements the gothic architecture and worth a visit when you’re visiting Ottawa in December.

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I received this beautiful hand painted ornament of the Centre Block in a gift basket and now it’s part of the Christmas and Parliament photo collections.

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A view from the Rotunda looking down the Hall of Honour to the Library of Parliament entrance with Christmas trees decorated with red bows.

ImageThe Canadian Parliament Centre Block in all its decorated glory during the Christmas Lights Across Canada festivities.  The Canadian Parliament with giant snowflakes and Christmas trees on the Parliament Hill lawn.

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Canadian Parliament Centre Block  bathed in a red sky, with blue lights as a beautiful addition during the festive season. This photo was taken from the Rideau Canal; the longest skating rink in Canada.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

The pictures here are part of the 200+ Canadian Parliament photo collection. Ideal for creative and business professionals, images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Have a look. You never know!

P.S. See the Christmas photo collection and the Christmas Interlude Slideshow for e-Card ideas. Thank you for visiting and have a great evening.

Michel

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Parliament’s Many Faces

Update – March 2017

The Canadian Parliament buildings are an incredible gothic historic wonder that I’ve been photographing since 2006. The collection is now ready for show and you won’t believe the many angles and perspectives that these buildings offer!
See the many faces of Parliament Hill by reading the “Canadian Pride” pictorial from my blog. You could find the perfect image for your document or report. You never know!

The LibraryThank you for visiting and have a great evening.

Michel

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Political Pictorial

Parliament From All Angles

Update – January 2018

Parliament images by Michel Loiselle.

Lunch at the Canadian Museum of History

Visiting Ottawa soon? I invite you to discover some inspirational photography of the Canadian Parliament.

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Creating and showcasing images of our gothic heritage buildings is what this post is about. Read how shooting the Hill year-round, day or night for 7 years can grow a photo collection. See the different perspectives, angles and compositions this institution is capable of displaying. Read my post 7 Year Parliament Project to find out more.

Michel – Website

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My Canadian Pride Is Showing

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Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleUpdate – March 2018

For me, it’s all about pride.

Even though I’ve worked on Parliament Hill for 25 years and have been shooting the architecture since 2006, I’m still in awe. And when I see my photos used in official Canadian documents, reports and Web sites, the pride continues.

The Parliament is recognized by people around the world and represents Freedom, National Unity and Free Speech to many. Read my blog and see how this image-maker does it.

See the Canadian Parliament photo collection and you too will soon feel the pride!

Thank you for reading and have an excellent day.

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Canada Day on Parliament Hill

Ohh What a Feeling — What a Rushh!

Update – March 2018

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Standing on Parliament Hill with 100,000 people and seeing the Canadian Snowbirds fly over the Peace Tower is a special moment in my life. The sound of those jets alone wakes you up!

It was fantastic.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleLater that night, I crossed the Ottawa river to the Canadian Museum of History and witnessed this wonderful sight!

I’m a proud Canadian.

See the Canadian Parliament photo collection. Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Michel

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The West Block of Canada

Update – March 2017

I’m taking you on a visit of the Parliamentary Precinct, and today, the topic is the West Block of Canada. This victorian high gothic style structure, built in 1865, stands just west of the Centre Block, hence the name.

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Here we see one of the West Block towers and behind it, the Confederation Building. Today, the West block is closed for renovations. It houses Ministers, Members of Parliament, their employees, committee rooms, and an important ceremonial space. In 2019, it will be the temporary space for the House of Commons Chamber when the Centre Block closes for renovations.

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What we’re seeing here is the West and Centre blocks, early during the renovations. This photo is and will always be an original image part of Canadian history.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

This photo, from the Canadian Parliament collection, West Block at Night, shows the building in its evening glory. It is clad in a rustic Nepean sandstone exterior and dressed stone trim around windows and other edges, as well as displaying a multitude of stone carvings, including gargoyles, grotesques, and friezes, keeping with the style of the rest of the Parliamentary Precinct.

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An interesting fact that not many people are aware of, is that the building is featured on the front of the Canadian five dollar banknote with a portrait of Canada’s 8th PM, Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle As we see here, it is a beautiful building full of gothic intrigue and character, and is also the site chosen to erect the statue of Sir Robert Borden, the 8th Prime Minister of Canada.

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleAnother point of interest that many are not familiar with, is that there is a tunnel connecting the West and Centre Blocks. It will be interesting to find out what will become of it after the renovations.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleDuring a prior renovation, these West Block turrets on the North side, were completely refurbished.

The West Block photos you see here are part of the Canadian Parliament collection of more than 250 images starting at $12 and available for immediate download. Have a look!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the West Block of Canada.

Have a great day!

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