Tories, Grits plan to designate new national museum in Regina, if elected

Both the Conservative Party and Liberal Party plan to designate Regina’s Friends of the Mounted Police Heritage Centre as a national museum. File / Global News

The Conservative Party and the Liberal Party plan to designate the Regina’s Friends of the Mounted Police Heritage Centre as a national museum if elected later this month.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer made the announcement on Monday. It would be the first-ever national museum in the province.

“Canada’s national museums conserve our rich history and share our foundational stories and most cherished artifacts, the very things that make us Canadian,” Scheer said in a statement.

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Ralph Goodale said in a statement last week that the Liberal Party is also committing to “move forward with making the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre into a national museum.”

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Saying it will help “tell the storied history of the RCMP, promote tourism, support recruitment to reflect Canada’s full diversity and the complex range of skills required in modern policing, and advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”

The centre is a non-profit national organization founded by the Regina Division of the RCMP Veterans’ Association.

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Scheer has also promised to make all national museums admission-free, offering Canadians a better chance to learn about its history.

“Museums are places of learning, discovery, and inspiration. Making them more accessible to Canadians and tourists is part of our plan to promote Canadian culture and heritage and make life more affordable for families,” Scheer said.

The Regina’s Friends of the Mounted Police Heritage Centre would join nine other national museums across the country.

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