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On 15 January 2018, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, commemorated the national historic significance of the Metropolitan Theatre with the unveiling of an HSMBC plaque at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.
Then, in a governmental shift in 1998, both the board and Parks Canada were placed under Environment Canada; Parks reports to the Minister of the Environment, while the HSMBC advises the minister on historic designations (Scott Stephen, e-mail, 23 May 2014).
According to an anonymous HSMBC insider, the general feeling at the time was that "the Board had dodged a bullet." (19)
THE HSMBC IS MADE UP OF HISTORY EXPERTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY.
Nevertheless, Parks Canada is essential to the commemorations process, because it administers the HSMBC and provides it with staff support, thereby enabling the Board to fulfil its mandate.
When designated as a national historic site by the HSMBC in 1920, the fort's importance was based solely on its role in the 18,h-century rivalry between France and England for control of the resources of western Hudson Bay.
The criteria the HSMBC applies to nominations for designation are that any potential new national historic site in Canada needs either to have had "a nationally significant and enduring impact" on Canadian history or it must clearly "illustrate" such an impact.
Howay, a member of the HSMBC and British Columbia's most prominent historian in the 1920s, proposed Fort Langley as a national historic site.
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