Let’s look at the value Canada’s federal government attaches to sharing with Canadians important historical source documents and works of the imagination, in comparison to other culturally significant objects and artifacts. Here’s a look at the National Gallery of Canada’s sculpture garden:
and one of its many lovely picture galleries:
Here’s a shot of the Museum of Civilization’s Grand Hall, a vast, spectacular venue for the presentation of First Nations’ cultural artifacts
And the War Museum’s spaceous quarters filled with weaponry and tributes to the sacrifices made
by everyday Canadians who fought to make the world a safer place.
Nothing wrong with this. Quite the contrary. But it does, when you consider what passes for exhibition space at Library and Archives Canada,
rather strikingly illustrate the relative importance this country assigns to honouring the book.