Yesterday I was watching the National and Peter Mansbridge was talking about the Speech from the Throne. I’ve never heard about this before and went to Google to see what’s all about. I found an interesting website dedicated to the Speech from the throne:
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Government’s Speech from the Throne to open Canada’s 40th Parliament. But do you know what is the Speech from the Throne?
The Speech from the Throne officially opens every new session of Parliament. The Speech sets out the broad goals and directions of the government and its strategy to accomplish those goals. The Speech is given by Canada’s Head of State, the Queen, or, more usually, by her representative, the Governor General. It is called the Speech from the Throne because the Governor General reads it while sitting in the seat in the Senate Chamber reserved for the Head of State or her representative, as the head of Canada’s system of executive government. The Governor General reads the speech to a gathering of Parliamentarians (Members of the House of Commons and Senators) and others. Parliamentarians act as law-makers for bills, or proposed laws, brought to Parliament for debate and decision.
Basically, it defines the future plans for Canada and of course the main topic is the global finance crisis. If you’d like, you can read the full speech or watch the video.