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2016-02-03 14:21 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Anniversary, Associate members of committees, Fires, Mace of the House of Commons, Parliament Buildings, Statements by Members,

Anniversaire, Déclarations de députés, Édifices du Parlement, Incendies, Masse de la Chambre des communes, Membres associés des comités,

Mr. Speaker, exactly 100 years ago today, on February 3, 1916, a fire broke out in the reading room here in the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings. The fire destroyed the entire building, with the exception of the library, and claimed seven lives, including those of the member for Yarmouth, Bowman Brown Law and the assistant clerk of the House of Commons, Jean-Baptiste René Laplante, a member of the Quebec bar who served in the House from 1897 until the day of the fatal accident. Florence Bray, Mabel Morin, Randolph Fanning, Constable Alphonse Desjardins, and his uncle, who shared the same name, also died in the blaze.

Today, some of the descendants of Mr. Laplante, Messrs. Desjardins, and some of the other victims are here in Ottawa to mark the 100th anniversary of this tragedy.

Today, in commemoration of the disaster, we are using the wooden mace that served as a temporary replacement for the original mace, which was destroyed in the fire.

Monsieur le Président, il y a exactement 100 ans, le 3 février 1916, un incendie a éclaté dans la salle de lecture ici, à l'édifice du Centre du parlement, détruisant l'édifice à l'exception de la bibliothèque et causant sept décès, dont celui du député de Yarmouth, M. Bowman Brown Law, et du greffier adjoint de la Chambre, Me Jean-Baptiste René Laplante qui, membre du Barreau du Québec, a servi à la Chambre de 1897 jusqu'au jour du fatidique accident. Sont aussi décédés Mme Florence Bray, Mme Mabel Morin, le constable Alphonse Desjardins, son oncle du même nom et M. Randolph Fanning.

Aujourd'hui, plusieurs descendants de la famille de Me Laplante, de MM. Desjardins ainsi que des membres de la famille d'autres victimes sont venus à Ottawa pour souligner le centenaire de la tragédie.

C'est en mémoire de ce sinistre que nous utilisons la masse en bois provisoire fabriquée en remplacement de la masse originale détruite dans l'incendie.

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