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Welcome to the Web site for the Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

On January 7, 2014, the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Noël A. Kinsella, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Andrew Scheer, announced the appointment of Michel Pleau as Canada’s next Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Mr. Pleau became Canada’s sixth Poet Laureate, succeeding Mr. Fred Wah, whose term ended December 31, 2013.

The Poet’s role is to encourage and promote the importance of literature, culture and language in Canadian society. Federal legislators created the position in 2001 to draw Canadians’ attention to poetry, both spoken and written, and its role in our lives.

As explained in the Parliament of Canada Act, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate may:

The term of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate is two years.