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June 28, 2007

Federal Government Building Goes Green, Named After Prominent Saskatchewan Politician Alvin Hamilton

OTTAWA – The Honourable Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, officially opened a newly renovated energy-efficient, eco-friendly Government of Canada building.  The newly renovated building, home to six federal departments, will be renamed after Alvin Hamilton, one of Saskatchewan’s most respected and dedicated federal politicians.

"In honour of his service to Canada, I am very proud to officially name this building the Alvin Hamilton Building,” said Minister Skelton. “Alvin Hamilton supported a vision for Northern development, implemented the construction of the South Saskatchewan River dam and recognized the contributions of Saskatchewan’s ethnic and religious minorities. As an advocate for energy conservation and reducing pollution, Alvin Hamilton would be very proud of this Government of Canada Building”.


Alvin Hamilton was a member of John Diefenbaker’s government, serving as Minister of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources (1957-1960) and Minister of Agriculture (1960-1963).  He is most famous for his successful negotiation of the first wheat deal between Canada and mainland China.


The Government of Canada is committed to making federal buildings more eco-friendly in order to curb emissions.  The Alvin Hamilton Building is a perfect example of this commitment with its water and energy efficient design.  The building is the first project in Saskatchewan to seek a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.  All together, the retrofit is expected to reduce the buildings energy consumption by 44% with 50% of its power coming from renewable sources.


“Our government will continue to look at innovative ways to make federal buildings energy efficient and help lead the way in reducing our power consumption,” Minister Skelton said.

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