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6 X 9 inches, 180 pages
4 colour plates, 75 b&w photographs

ISBN 921254938
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Images from this tale of Parliamentary Gothic

The Carving of Canada

A Tale of Parliamentary Gothic

Munroe Scott

Photographs by Ian D. Scott
Featuring sculptor Eleanor Milne

A SMALL CAMPFIRE SPARKLES on the granite shore of a northern lake, where "Old One" tells this story. We are nudged to consider the possibility that a country is created by its artists. At the heart of the tale is Eleanor Milne, Canada's former Parliamentary Sculptor. Milne and her associates created three impressive masterpieces in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa—the Frieze of History, the Constitution Stones, and the House of Commons Stained Glass Windows. They toiled, usually at night, for more than thirty years while remaining virtually unknown.

The Carving of Canada intertwines the story of the Parliament Buildings and the story of Canada and its governing institutions with details of the sculptors' and glass crafters' arts and struggles. Like its subject, it is multi-layered but never strays from the engaging style of "a tale told by a campfire."


Munroe Scott


Munroe Scott is among the most dedicated of freelance writers and artists in this country. Having begun as a staff writer with Crawley Films in the early 1950s, he is perhaps best-known as the writer and director of the CBC-TV series The Tenth Decade, First Person Singular (The Pearson Memoirs), and One Canadian (The Diefenbaker Memoirs). In addition to writing the Sound & Light Show for Parliament Hill, 1984-93, Munroe Scott is the biographer of Dr. Robert McClure and an award-winning playwright and columnist.

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Ian D. Scott


After studying film at York University, Ian Scott became a freelance lighting technician working on feature film locations as far afield as Budapest, the Great Wall of China, and the jungles of Borneo. He then moved behind the camera as an independent Director of Photography. His foray as a still photographer into the Centre Block of Canada's Parliament Buildings is only one phase of what is proving to be a fascinating and wide-ranging career.


Eleanor Milne

Artist, Featured

R. Eleanor Milne, Master Sculptor, was educated at the Montreal Museum School of Fine Arts, l'École des Beaux-Arts, Central College of Arts and Crafts in London, England, and the University of Syracuse. She was Dominion Sculptor, Government of Canada from 1962 until her retirement in 1993. Miss Milne is a member of the Order of Canada and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She has received honorary degrees from Carleton University, the University of Windsor, Queen's University, and York University.

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