Wikipedia Entry of the Day: Usher of the Black Rod

Small differences between Canadian and U.S. government:

The Usher of the Black Rod of the Senate of Canada (often shortened to Black Rod) is the most senior protocol position in the Parliament of Canada.

The office is modelled on the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod of the House of Lords of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Black Rod leads the Speaker‘s Parade at the beginning of each sitting of the Senate[1] and oversees protocol, administrative and logistical details of important events taking place on Parliament Hill, such as the opening of Parliament and Speech from the Throne ceremonies.[2][3] Upon the appointment of the first woman to the position of “Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod” on October 20, 1997, the title was changed to “Usher of the Black Rod”.[4]

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One Response to “Wikipedia Entry of the Day: Usher of the Black Rod”

  1. Matthew Says:

    Not totally unlike the Solicitor General position in the US, who also wears bozo outfits. Unlike Canada, though, only men held the position until LAST YEAR (and she ditched the practice of bozo outfits…. see what happens when you put women in positions of power!?).

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