One of the main landmarks in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, the Ottawa River Parkway, has been renamed in honor of the country’s very first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald. This scenic road weaves along the Ottawa River shoreline.
The new sign on Wednesday was revealed at the Deschênes Rapids. Local author Bob Plamondon has been trying to get the roadway renamed since last November, when he started collecting support on an online petition.
His idea to honor Sir John A. Macdonald came from a desire to inspire young people to learn more about history.
He has already done so in a way, as the renaming proposal has sparked debates in local newspapers about Macdonald’s role in the county’s past.
Macdonald is widely credited with playing a key role in the creation of the Canada that we know today. He led the meetings in Charlottetown with the leaders of British North American colonies that eventually led to confederation in 1867. He also played a role in choosing the City of Ottawa as the country’s capital.