The RB Bennett Commemorative Centre was officially opened in 2010 at the Albert County Museum to highlight Bennett’s professional life and to share his boyhood years growing up in Hopewell Cape. The impressive granite monument was erected “in the square” by the Government of Canada to honour the Right Honourable Richard Bedford Bennett, Canada’s 11th Prime Minister. RB Bennett’s image is portrayed in the centre of the granite monument as he views the tidal waters of the Petitcodiac River flowing into Shepody Bay. The RB Bennett Exhibit is now being renovated!
Despite being Prime Minister during the hardest years of the Depression, Bennett passed legislation and created social programs that still benefit Canadians today, such as Employment Insurance, Minimum Wage, Pension program, and Workers Compensation. He signed the Statute of Westminster making Canada’s Parliament independent of Britain, and established the Bank of Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Act (CBC and Radio-Canada). Throughout his life he donated much of his personal wealth to universities, schools, charities and to individuals in need, valued at $80 million in today’s currency.
You can learn more by visiting www.albertcountymuseum.com or calling us at 506-734-2003.