Originally Posted by OttawaSteve
To be clear, though, not every street in downtown Ottawa has retained its original name. Streets do get renamed.
To be clear,
I didn't claim that every street downtown Ottawa had retained its original name.
For example, Laurier Street was not on your 1877 map.
This self-evident. Laurier became prime minister in 1896 and was in his glory in the early 1900s.
Short lesson of history
These streets are related in some way to Wellington:
- Coburg/Gloucester Sts. - fought against Napoleon on the Prussian side
- Cathcart St. - Cathcart - served under Wellington in Peninsula and at Waterloo; GG of BNA 1846-47
- Dalhousie St. - Dalhousie, George Ramsay, 9th Earl - CO 7th Division in Peninsular War under Wellington; send by W. to get Rideau Canal under way; to Ottawa in 1826 with Colonel By
Murray St. - Murray, George - fought in Peninsular War under Wellington; Quartermaster General; December 1814 to May 1815 provisional Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada and reviewed the defences of Canada; Lt. General of the Ordinance; Colonial Secretary
And these are related to Royals of the Time:
- Kent Street - Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn - fourth son of King George III and the father of Queen Victoria
- Cumberland St. - Fifth son of King George III, the Duke of Cumberland
- Sussex Drive - Earl of Sussex; sixth son of George III; Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, 1813-1843 (they were all Masons!)
- York St. - Frederick, Duke of York - second son of King George III; reformer of the British Army; Wellington succeeded him as commander-in-chief of the army
- Charlotte St. - Queen Charlotte, Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
These are streets in the downtown core and were named for historical reasons.
So back to Laurier Avenue: It had a different name before it was Laurier, and it's fine that it was renamed. Laurier was a great prime minister and he needs to be remembered. Macdonald was also a great prime minister and he is commemorated through a statue on Parliament Hill. There is also a bridge, airport and highway on which he shares the name with Cartier.
Additionally, Macdonald and Cartier already have their own streets in Somerset Ward.
Drive west on Somerset Street towards QE Drive and you will find them