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The Mace

MaceA parliamentary Mace, originally the symbol of the authority of the Crown, is now widely recognized as symbolic of the authority of parliament and the Speaker - with the Speaker's authority being inseparable from the House itself. For example, the secret ballot election of Speaker cannot proceed unless the Mace is present during those proceedings - presided over by the Clerk of the House - the Mace lies in the lower stand in front of the Table, indicating that the House is without a voice until it has elected one from among its numbers to be Speaker. As soon as the House has elected a Speaker, the Mace is placed on the Table indicating that the House is now properly constituted and may now conduct business.

The Sergeant-at-Arms leads the daily Speaker's Procession into the Chamber at the commencement of each sitting day with the Mace resting on his right shoulder. It is then placed on the Table, with the Prince Edward Island Shield of Arms facing upward, and is present in the Chamber at all times when House business is being conducted.

Prince Edward Island's Mace was designed and prepared by Canadian manufacturer Henry Birks and Sons Ltd. It incorporates the seals of the ten Canadian Provinces and the Coat of Arms of Canada.

Prince Edward Island's Mace

On February 24, 1966, with the following words, appreciation was extended to the Canadian Area Council of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for the gift of a Mace to accompany the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island.

Moved by Hon. Walter R. Shaw, Premier, Seconded by Mr. Alexander. B. Campbell, Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, as follows;

THAT this House accepts, with sincere thanks, the generous gift of a Mace from the Canadian Area Council of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, as graciously presented on their behalf by the Honourable Alan MacNaughton. This beautiful emblem will serve in this Legislature not only as a symbol of the Speaker's authority but also as a symbol of those bonds of goodwill which exist between the Provinces of Canada and the Countries of the Commonwealth. It will further serve as a constant reminder of those high ideals of Parliamentary Government which we cherish.

 Source: Journals of the Legislative Assembly (February 24, 1966)

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