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Yesterday was The Speech from the Throne 2013. This speech is given by the queen’s representative, the Governor General, and is the ritual needed to open parliament each year.

This year speech is particularly interesting to historians, it is emphasized attention to Canada’s history, in light of the anniversary of both WW1 and Confederation what will be happening within the next five years.

The full text discussing these developments is as follows (in both English and French)


As we look confidently to the future, we draw great strength from our past. Beginning with our Aboriginal peoples, Canada’s story is one of risk, sacrifice, and rugged determination. From the founding of New France, to the fight for Canada in the War of 1812; from the visionary achievement of Confederation, to our victory at Vimy Ridge, Canadians have repeatedly triumphed over long odds to forge a great country, united and free.


C’est une histoire dont nous nous souvenons avec émerveillement et que nous racontons avec fierté. L’histoire de différentes provinces qui ont fondé une fédération où les forces de chacun renforcent notre union. Une fédération où nos deux langues nationales nous confèrent un avantage inégalable dans le monde, où les francophones prospèrent et célèbrent leur culture unique, en solidarité avec leurs concitoyens canadiens.

Notre gouvernement a reconnu que les Québécois forment une nation au sein d’un Canada uni. Il travaillera avec le gouvernement du Québec pour assurer notre prospérité commune. Notre gouvernement continuera de respecter la division des compétences qui est au cœur de la Constitution adoptée au moment de la Confédération.

La Confédération du Canada mérite d’être célébrée. Notre gouvernement célébrera notre 150e anniversaire en 2017 et se joindra aux Canadiens et Canadiennes pour souligner cette étape mémorable.

  • Il soulignera le 150e anniversaire des conférences de Charlottetown et de Québec.
  • Il célébrera le 200e anniversaire de deux des plus éminents pères de la Confédération : sir George-Étienne Cartier et sir John A. Macdonald.

[Our Government will join with Canadians in honouring this momentous milestone by:]

  • Commemorating the centennial of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War, and the enormous sacrifices made by Canadians and our Allies in both;
  • Re-dedicating the National War Memorial to the memory of all men and women who fought for our country;
  • Building a Memorial to the Victims of Communism, to remember the millions who suffered under tyranny;
  • Marking the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan by honouring the service of our men and women in uniform, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice combating the spread of terrorism;
  • Honouring the proud history of our Canadian Armed Forces by restoring military traditions;
  • Strengthening the Cadet and Junior Ranger programs;
  • Establishing the CanadianMuseum of History to share the story of Canada with pride;
  • Supporting the Pan and Parapan American Games and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015, showcasing Canadians’ proud, competitive and united spirit under the maple leaf; and
  • Working with Canadians to support community projects, local celebrations, and other initiatives to commemorate this historic occasion.

The coming anniversary of Confederation is also a time to mark the contribution of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, who have had a defining role in shaping our country.

  • Our Government will continue our dialogue on the treaty relationship and comprehensive land claims.

    And our Government will continue to work in partnership with Aboriginal peoples to create healthy, prosperous, self-sufficient communities. “





    It should be interesting to see how this develops in Canada over the next few years.