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Speech from the throne steeped in tradition, but this year brings new changes; Opening of Parliament steeped in tradition

Dec 05, 2019 - The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The opening of Parliament is steeped in centuries-old traditions, but this year some new elements - including a renovated train station and an astronaut - are bringing a modern touch to the ceremonies.

The speech from the throne marks the beginning of every new Parliament, which comes after a general election, as is the case this year, or following a prorogation. It is read in the Senate by the Governor General, who this time around is Julie Payette, a former astronaut who is read...