Canada's first Parliamentary building

Monday, June 14, 1841

On June 14, 1841 the first meeting of the Parliament of the Province of Canada was held in the Kingston Hospital Building (what is now our Watkins wing) as the members of Parliament were sworn into their official roles. On June 15, 1841 they met again to begin the work of government. Parliament continued to meet in the building and Kingston served as the first capital of the Province of Canada for just over 3 years.  In June 1844, the capital was moved to Montreal for it was felt that Kingston was too small, lacking in amenities and was vulnerable to possible American attack.