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The Custodian of the Hill ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB520822
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Yves Bisaillon, Jacques Ménard
Directors:  Claudette Jaiko
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian Politics, Documentary, Politics
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  50:36
Closed Captions:  Yes

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An imposing setting, centuries-old traditions, and stately protocol that brings a smile to our lips: we are behind the scenes at the House of Commons, in Ottawa. The Honourable Gilbert Parent, Speaker of the House, humorously and proudly calls himself 'the custodian of the Hill.' By following him through his duties, the film demystifies the Speaker's honorary and prestigious but still little-known role by revealing the essence of the man himself. Under the gloss of protocol, we discover both the politician who must reconcile impartiality and partisanship, and the man who must reconcile his public and private life.

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