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Works of Naval Art in the Senate Speaker's Chambers

Foreword by the Speaker of the Senate

The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the Naval Service Act. The centennial of the Canadian Navy is a proud event for Canada, particularly for those of us whose lives have intertwined with the men and women who serve in our navy. As an Honorary Captain attached to the Naval Reserves and a Maritimer from birth, I count myself among those for whom this anniversary has special meaning.

The navy's centenary is being marked in many memorable ways this year, from - as is fitting - sea to sea to sea. It is appropriate that a special ceremony marking 100 years since the passage of the Naval Service Act on May 4, should take place in the Senate chamber. It was here, after all, that the bill, passed by both houses of Parliament, was sanctioned by a nod of the vice-regal head. This Act, in turn, gave life to a proud and distinguished Canadian naval service and tradition.

The historic chambers of the Speaker of the Senate are routinely used to provide what amounts to a showcase for Canadian art. Each year, a selection of paintings is made from publicly-owned galleries and museums to decorate this suite of rooms. In light of the role of the Senate in the creation of the navy and to help mark its centenary, this year's paintings were chosen to reflect and celebrate the navy's role in Canada. As dignitaries, diplomats and other foreign officials are received in the Speaker's chambers through the course of the year, they will be reminded of our naval history and tradition and of the pride it inspires in Canadians. These paintings speak to the importance of the Canadian Navy as an integral part of our history as a seafaring nation.

The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella
Speaker of the Senate

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