STK-ID 18659

Opening of Parliament: sequence of train pulling into Ottawa station past camera, passengers stepping off into snow, members of Parliament arriving for third session of twentieth Parliament. Several LSs of Parliament Buildings through winter haze. Two shots of Fred Rose, former Member of Parliament for Montreal-Cartier, now serving jail term for espionage. CU of Humphrey Mitchell, Labour Minister entering Parliament. Mounties march by camera on way to guard duty. Two views of stone carvings at door of Parliament. Prime Minister Mackenzie King in fur coat arrives, poses for camera. John Bracken arrives with two members of Parliament. CU of Bracken, leader of the opposition. Minister of Mines James Allison Glen arrives, poses. Clerk of the House of Commons, Dr Beauchesne, arrives with large briefcase. A number of other people arrive and pose: External Affairs Minister Louis Saint-Laurent, Soliciter General Joseph Jean, Minister of Public Works Alphonse Fournier, Finance Minister Douglas Abbott, Veterans' Affairs Minister Ian Mackenzie, Defence Minister Brooke Claxton. Canadian Army military band, Army and Air Force units march to their positions on Parliament Hill. Governor General Alexander arrives, takes salute with Lady Alexander. They enter Parliament. LAS of Peace Tower, Governor General's standard flying.


Excerpt from
Opening of Parliament
National Film Board
Available formats
Reel 35 mm, Digital Bétacam, Digital Video Disk
Shooting format
35mm fine grain b&w
Aspect ratio
Available resolutions
720 x 486