An Uncommon Tour of an Uncommon House of Commons

What happens when one of Canada’s famous TV personalities, Rick Mercer, visits the West Block jobsite in Ottawa? Not only does he tour around on-site of the historical renovation to film his show, the Rick Mercer Report, but he is also given the opportunity to place and sign the first piece of glass on the roof structure that will cover the House of Commons. It was quite the event for Rick and, not surprisingly, quite exciting for PCL employees!
“It sometimes takes touring a group of visitors
around to remember how impressive and important
the project is.”

Rick Mercer took an honest, and of course comical,
interest in the work and what the trades did. 

“This is history in the making!”

Rick and his crew were impressed by the architectural elements being preserved and enhanced on the West Block project. “The excitement from Rick and his film crew was clearly evident,” said Irvin Heiber, construction manager. “Every time we showed them something, they kept saying things like ‘This is so cool,’ ‘Wow, we have to get this,’ and ‘This is history in the making.’ As PCLers working on the project every day, we tend to take the site for granted. It sometimes takes touring a group of visitors around to remember how impressive and important the project is.”

Satire On-site

After meeting with some of the tradespeople and receiving appropriate safety training, Rick was allowed to actually perform some of the work on-site. Rick took an honest, and of course comical, interest in the work and what the trades did. Mercer is well known for poking fun at our government and other public figures, even when they are standing by his side. Though Rick claims that hot air heating produced by the Members of Parliament will create cost savings when the House of Commons sits, it’s unclear what kind of effect these “enhancements” will have until after certification.

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