While in Ottawa, we spent a lot of time on Parliament Hill. Obviously, it was The Place to Be on Canada Day. However, between preparations for the celebrations, as well as being the seat of government, there was a lot to see.
The day before Canada Day, we went out to take the tour of Parliament. Unfortunately, they were sold out by the time we got there–we were told that while they open at 9, there was a line as early as 8:30. We walked around, and some of the guards were meeting the visitors. This gentleman was very nice, taking off his hat to show it to my daughter. He explained it is bade of bear skin, but has an inner frame made of bamboo.
The majority and opposition parties sit facing each other, two-and-a-half sword lengths apart. This is the opposition side (which I could get the best picture of from my vantage). The chair leaning forward is where the opposition leader sits, opposite the majority leader (the Prime Minister).
My degree is in political science, so it was fascinating to learn a bit about the political process in Canada (though I still need a Canadian “I’m Just a Bill” to really understand the process). We had a great time at the Parliament.