Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New France in Speech From the Throne

As my Canadian readers will know, the Speech From the Throne dropped today.  For non-Canadian readers: this is the moment when the monarch or, usually, her representative the governor general, reads a prepared speech to members of Parliament, outlining the government's agenda for the coming session.  Would you believe that New France was mentioned?
As we look confidently to the future, we draw great strength from our past. Beginning with our Aboriginal peoples, Canada’s story is one of risk, sacrifice, and rugged determination. From the founding of New France, to the fight for Canada in the War of 1812; from the visionary achievement of Confederation, to our victory at Vimy Ridge, Canadians have repeatedly triumphed over long odds to forge a great country, united and free.
It is a story we recall with wonder and recount with pride. A story of how different provinces founded a federation in which our distinct strengths advance our unity. A federation in which Canada's two national languages position us uniquely in the world; where francophones thrive and celebrate a unique culture, in solidarity with fellow Canadians.
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Update (10 Oct.): Christopher Moore gives a more thorough overview of history in the Throne Speech over on his blog.


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