What started as a relief work-project during the Great Depression in the 1930s has evolved over the decades into a bona fide food destination known as Kitchener’s Belmont Village.
This year’s Prime Ministers Path unveiling of a bronzed Kim Campbell at Baden’s Castle Kilbride caught the attention of the Globe and Mail.
“Make yourself comfortable, Kim Campbell. Our 19th Prime Minister just moved into pleasant new digs, surrounded by Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Robert Borden, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Lester B. Pearson and – given time – everyone else who’s ever held Canada’s top job.
“Earlier this week, a statue of Ms. Campbell in her trademark skirt, blazer and “KC” broach was unveiled as the latest addition to the Prime Ministers Path, a unique sculpture park in bucolic Baden, in Southwestern Ontario’s Waterloo Region, that offers Canadians a chance to consider their past leaders as ordinary men and women representing an extraordinary country. It’s a welcome refuge of artistry, context and understanding far removed from the rigid animosity currently shown to historical figures and their physical representations elsewhere in Canada.”
Why have these statues ended up in Baden, you may ask?
“The idea of creating a collection of statues for each of Canada’s 22 past prime ministers was hatched in 2013 by local high-tech entrepreneur Dave Caputo and Jim Rodger, a retired high-school principal. “We wanted to create a public space where we could teach people about Canadian history using our leaders as bookmarks to the past,” Mr. Rodger says. But the path forward wasn’t always smooth.”