William Lyon Mackenzie King is shown in an undated file photo. (Photo: The Canadian Press)"It's disheartening, but we're going to move forward," said Lisa Curtis, Parks Canada superintendent of national historic sites for southern Ontario. "We're protecting and preserving a national treasure for present and future generations...It's extremely important to keep it intact."
"We're protecting and preserving a national treasure for present and future generations...It's extremely important to keep it intact."
Repairs to cost $10,000King, who was born in Kitchener, lived in the home for seven years, between 1886 and 1893, with his parents and three siblings, according to Parks Canada. He was Liberal party leader from 1919 to 1948 and served as prime minister for almost 22 years. Local police said it's disappointing someone would target a site of such significance. "It's a criminal offence but ultimately it's an offence to a very historic site in our city," said Staff Sgt. Mike Haffner. "We're appealing to the public for information." Woodside was built in 1853 and has been restored to represent the period when the King family lived in the home. The grounds of the site are open to the public year-round and the home itself is open to visitors from October to December, as well as on Family Day, Canada Day and special events.
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