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Monument to George-Étienne Cartier

Artist: George William Hill
Sculptor: Joseph Brunet
Architects: Edward and William S. Maxwell
Bronze and Stanstead granite

Dimensions: 30.78 m (height), 8.75 m (w)
Inaugurated on September 6, 1919
The most imposing monument in Montréal

 

 

 

 

Sir George-Étienne Cartier (1814-1873)

Born in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, a lawyer by training, he became interested in political life very early on. The first part of his public life was associated with the cause of the Patriots. In 1834, he worked for the election of Louis-Joseph Papineau and Robert Nelson. He was also a member of the Sons of Liberty and during the 1837 Rebellion he took part in the Battle of Saint-Denis.

He entered into politics in 1848, when he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada, representing the Verchères riding. By 1858, he was active in the movement to confederate the British colonies of North America. He participated in the Charlottetown, Québec City and London conferences, which ultimately led to the adoption of the British North America Act in 1867. Cartier is thus considered a Father of Confederation. George-Étienne Cartier was made a baronet by Queen Victoria in 1868 for his role in the development of the country. He thus obtained the title of Sir George-Étienne Cartier. In 1872, Cartier tabled a bill on the construction of the Canadian Pacific railway line. He died the next year.

Sources:
Library and Archives Canada
Parks Canada 

To learn more

  • visit the Cartier House,George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site of Canada
    458 Notre-Dame East  

Photo credit

Title: George-Étienne Cartier
Library and Archives Canada
C002162 ID 3333334
Notman & Son

 

 

Photographe: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

George Etienne Cartier monument and the Mount Royal

Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne collection

Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

The education

Photographe: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

Tam tam

Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

Photographer: Samuel Montigné
©  Les amis de la montagne Collection

Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

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Sir George-Étienne-Cartier Monument

At first light on a May morning
The air is cool
It’s snowing feathers in my head and I have a light heart
Going to the mountain like going on an adventure
A few steps and already I see you,
There, in your motionless flight, suspended between sky and land, an angel.
Your gaze covers the city and your wings protect the mountain.
Motionless traveler, around your vertical axis the seasons turn.
You, the celebrated goddess of a hundred mouths and a hundred years,
Bronze sentinel perched thirty metres above us, so far and yet so near.
I feel your heart beat, I feel your wings beat…
Your eternal youth fixed in time and space
In your hand, a laurel wreath, symbol of the acknowledgement of a people…
Beneath, a man: George Étienne Cartier.
Around him, his dreams have come true, songs, laws, confederation…
Around him, the figures of four women united, representing the first provinces in confederation.
Then, five others, who have just joined hands, uniting their strength in the continuing dance of a country building itself. Overhead, a man, a soldier, defends the flag, symbol of the country.
On the sides, two women accompanied by children. One holds a double-edged sword. She decides the fate of this bound child, she refers to the law, for justice, for liberty.

The other brings support and knowledge to these children. She represents education.

Further away, on the four corners, like resting sphinxes, lions inspire power and protection.

It’s snowing feathers over the city and my body is light,
I feel like ascending, slowly, to the summit ….