Canada 150 focus on people not tangible structures, PM says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is brushing off the notion that he needs to leave tangible structures behind for Canada's 150th anniversary as he does some pre-Canada Day touring.

Trudeau told a news conference in P-E-I yesterday that his government has focused on people rather than buildings in Canada 150.

He added he respects that people will be looking for different things to mark the milestone but he always focuses on Canadians, on the stories we tell each other.

However, Elsa Lam, the editor of Canadian Architect magazine, said in an interview the anniversary has been short on the enduring, landmark structures that marked the 1967 Centennial.

Other than an ongoing renovation to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the architectural historian said she can't think of many projects that may be remembered by the time the 200th birthday rolls around.

But Trudeau said he makes no apologies for the approach his government has made with its 500 million-dollar anniversary investment.