Prime Minister Borden statue unveiled at Castle Kilbride

Taken from: The Record

The latest addition to the Prime Minister’s Path at Castle Kilbride was unveiled during an early evening ceremony Nov. 6.

The statue of Sir Robert Borden, Canada’s prime minister from 1911 to 1920, was presented to the public in a welcoming fashion.

Hosted by Wilmot Mayor Les Armstrong, the ceremony featured a performance of the national anthem by Waterloo-Oxford’s chamber choir, words from staff representing MP Harold Albrecht and MPP Michael Harris, as well as a declaration from unofficial town crier Scott Fraser.

Also joining the small crowd outside the Baden’s historic Castle Kilbride were Township of Wilmot councillors, British Columbia’s Nathan Scott — the artist who created the statue, as well as Ernie Ritz, the guest of honour and former New Hamburg mayor.

Borden, currently the face of the $100 bill, joins other statues of  prime ministers Sir John A. Macdonald, William Lyon McKenzie King, and Lester B. Pearson outside of Castle Kilbride and the township’s administration office.

While King and Pearson arrived in June of this year, Borden, the prime minister during the First World War, was specifically saved for a November unveiling to be closely tied to Remembrance Day.

Ritz, the guest of honour and official unveiler of the statue, is a Second World War veteran and the last surviving founding member of the New Hamburg Royal Canadian Legion branch.