Name of building housing PM's office changed

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined indigenous leaders across from Parliament Hill to say the building housing his office will no longer bear the name of a father of Confederation.

The name of Hector-Louis Langevin, who was also an architect of the residential school system, is being stripped from the Prime Minister's Office building.

Langevin Block will now be referred to as the Office of the Prime Minister and the Privy Council.

Langevin, who died in 1906, was a lawyer, newspaper editor and Conservative M-P from Quebec and spent more than 25 years in federal politics before resigning as public works minister in 1891 amid a corruption scandal.

It was in his role as minister of public works that Langevin argued for a separate school system with a specific mandate to assimilate indigenous children.