Beaudoin, Hon. Rene
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The third session of the 22nd Parliament, summoned by Royal Proclamation, and issued upon the advice of the Cabinet for the dispatch of business to get under way on January 10th next. A description of how the first session will open and proceed. Some history and background of parliament and the House of Commons. The role of the elected Speaker. Some history of the Speaker's position. The Speaker's lack of participation in debate. The reasons which inspired Sir John A. Macdonald to propose the appointment of a Deputy-Speaker. Some traditions which Canada still follows. The genius of the parliamentary system; the centuries it took to develop. The need for the ceremonials to give parliament the august atmosphere and dignified behaviour becoming a body in which is vested the authority that God and the people wish Canada to have.