The Royal York, a Gothic pile of stone across the street from Toronto’s Union Station, once thought of itself as the centre of Canada. When it was opened in 1929, at 24 storeys it was the tallest building in the British Empire. Vancouver businessman John Nichol, one of the few ever to have the courage to resign from the Senate out of boredom despite having been president of the Liberal party, explained at the time that Grit guru Keith Davey’s view of Canada was everything he could see from the roof of the Royal York.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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