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The House of Commons
Report to Canadians 2006

The Mace symbolises the authority of the House of Commons

Photo: © Library of Parliament/Mone Photography

"Grant us wisdom, knowledge and understanding to preserve the blessings of this country for the benefit of all and to make good laws and wise decisions."

A portion of the prayer recited by the Speaker of the House of Commons to begin each sitting of the House of Commons.

Firmly rooted in centuries of British parliamentary tradition and Canadian experience, the House of Commons of Canada voices the convictions and aspirations of the Canadian people. Each day, Members of Parliament -through their work in the Chamber, committees, caucuses, constituencies and international forums- serve and represent Canadians, and strive to remain true to their solemn commitment to make good laws and wise decisions, and preserve the blessings of the country.