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Black Rod Has the Door Slammed in His Face : Articles & Resources

Purpose: British traditions are carried over into Canadian government. Watch the British ceremony of the entrance to the House of Lords (in Canada, the Senate) and the ceremony of the Usher of the Black Rod.

This video includes the door of the House of Commons being slammed on the face of Black Rod (the Queen's representative) to symbolise the independence of the elected House of Commons from the monarchy. This ritual is derived from what happened when the attempt by Charles I to arrest five MPs in 1642, in what was seen as a breach of privilege. After that incident, the House of Commons has maintained its right to question the right of the monarch's representative to enter their chamber, though they can not bar him from entering with lawful authority.

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