Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell took in a performance from Central Highschool students on a re-enactment of the first Parliament.
She highlighted the strides Canada has made in improving the relationship with Indigenous peoples and how important reconciliation is.
Dowdeswell also spoke on the rise of diversity in both Houses on the heels on the 100th anniversary of the Suffrage in Canada.
Stratford’s Mayor Dan Mathieson helped to ring in the performance by grade 11 and 12 drama students at City Hall last night.
It followed the vote to make James Cockburn the first speaker of the house in 1867.
The performance was helmed by Stratford’s Sesquicentennial Committee who was commended by Dowdeswell.