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Thursday, 13 October 1927

The PRESIDENT - During the visit to Australia of the Empire Parliamentary Association, reference was made, particularly by Senator the Hon. F. L. Schaffner, to the desire of the Government of Canada to presentto this Senate a chair for the use of the President. The offer was accepted, and drawings of a chair, together with samples of the fittings of this chamber, were forwarded to Canada. The chair, which is made of Canadian timhers, bus now arrived, and is being used by me, for the first time, to-day. It is particularly appropriate that the Government of a sister Dominion should follow the example set by the members of the British Parliament, when not long ago they presented to the House of Representatives a chair for the use of Mr. Speaker. This Parliament is now in the unique position of having in one branch of the legislature a chair presented for the use of the presiding officer by the Mother of Parliaments, and in the other a chair presented for the use of the President by the Government of a sister Dominion. I know that I am voicing the sentiments of honorable senators when I express my appreciation of this very appropriate and excellent gift.

Honorable Senators. - Hear, hear!

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