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News Release - Senators Urge Creation of National Portrait Gallery

April 11, 2017
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Ottawa, April 11, 2017 – Senators Doug Black, Patricia Bovey, Serge Joyal, and Paul McIntyre, endorsed by a strong majority across party lines of their Senate colleagues urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to establish a National Portrait Gallery at the Former U.S. Embassy at 100 Wellington.

In a letter sent to the Prime Minister, Senators highlight that many countries, including England, the United States and Australia have permanent National Portrait Galleries that are very popular with young people; with over 40% of attendees being under the age of 35 in London.

The Senators believe that Canada150 marks the perfect opportunity to create a National Portrait Gallery as a lasting legacy to Canadians.


“We were very pleased to see overwhelming support for this initiative from our fellow Senators, artists and audiences. There is a strong desire to put our extensive collection of portraits along with work from contemporary artists on display for Canadians to appreciate and enjoy.” – Senator Doug Black

“A Portrait Gallery not only tells a story, but it helps us understand who we are.” – Senator Patricia Bovey

“We have a prime location situated directly in front of Parliament, where thousands upon thousands of people already visit every month. Visitors could simply cross Wellington Street to see the many faces of aboriginals and immigrants who built Canada. There is no better history than the people's history; a Portrait Gallery is a people’s institution”. – Senator Serge Joyal

“What better gift for Canada to give Canadians “from coast-to-coast-to-coast” than to establish a National Portrait Gallery in an historic building for all to see, on its 150th Birthday!” – Senator Paul McIntyre