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A physically distanced Speech from the Throne

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A physically distanced Speech from the Throne

Governor General Julie Payette delivered the speech to a smaller-than-usual audience on September 23.

A limited number of Parliamentarians and dignitaries gathered in the Senate chamber on Wednesday for a Speech from the Throne ceremony, which was adjusted in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full speech here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enters the Red Chamber followed by Senator Marc Gold, the Government Representative in the Senate, ahead of the Speech from the Throne on September 23, 2020.

Governor General Julie Payette stands front and centre in the Senate chamber during the Speech from the Throne ceremony on September 23, 2020.

Senator Raymonde Gagné, the Legislative Deputy to the Government Representative in the Senate, speaks to Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner in the Senate chamber.

Liaisons and whips from all groups in the Senate posed for a photo in the Senate chamber ahead of the Speech from the Throne. From left to right: Senator Patricia Bovey (Liaison for the Progressive Senate Group), Senator Ratna Omidvar (Liaison for the Independent Senators Group), Senator Percy Downe (Interim Liaison for the Canadian Senators Group), Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson (Government Liaison), and Senator Judith Seidman (Conservative Whip).

Senator Raymonde Gagné (centre) speaks to Senator Patricia Bovey (left) and Speaker of the Senate, Senator George Furey (right) in the Senate chamber.

A physically distanced Speech from the Throne

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