Category Archives: Traditions and History

A Parliamentarist’s Christmas: The Christian Origins of the Westminster System


The Parliament of Canada The Centre Block of Parliament Hill stands out as one of the most impressive examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Canada. While attending a presentation there earlier this year, I walked along the Rotunda and admired the … Continue reading

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A True Parliamentarist: The Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives Dr Lockwood Smith


In “The Role of the Speaker”, The Speaker of the House of Representatives Lockwood Smith talked about the history of parliament as an institution and the core function, or main authority, of the House of Representatives: to hold the Crown … Continue reading

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Two Swords and One Inch Apart?


If you’ve ever taken an official tour of the Parliament of Canada, the guide will normally present the House of Commons in the antechamber and explain the overall seating arrangements – that the government sits to the Speaker’s right, and … Continue reading

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Crowned Maces in the Legislatures of South Carolina and Virginia


I chose a British parliamentary mace as the header for Parliamentum, because the mace represents the Crown-in-Parliament (sometimes called the Queen-in-Parliament) and the authority of the Speaker and of the House of Commons to pass laws; it always points toward … Continue reading

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