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Canadian Symbols at Parliament


(House of Commons)

photo - House of Commons mace

Where is it in the Parliament Buildings?

When the House of Commons is sitting and the Speaker is in the Chair, the Mace is placed on the Clerk's Table. The larger end points toward the government side (to the right of the Speaker).

What does it represent?

The Mace represents royal authority and is a sign that the King or Queen has given the House of Commons the authority to meet and decide on the laws which govern the country. It is also an expression of honour and high regard for the origins of our parliamentary system.

The Mace is an important part of parliamentary procedure, and the House of Commons cannot hold its proceedings without it.

What is it made of?

The Mace is made of gilded silver. It is decorated with the coat of arms of Canada, the rose of England and the Scottish thistle. The initials "ER," which stand for Elizabeth Regina in Latin or "Queen Elizabeth" in English also appear on it.

Did you know?

A temporary Mace was produced after the 1916 fire, and was used by the House of Commons until the end of March 1917. Since the 1980s, the temporary Mace has been brought into the Chamber when the House is sitting on February 3, in memory of the fire.

In 1917, a new Mace was given to the House of Commons of Canada by England.

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