The first elected assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758, marked the beginning of our democratic government
Date of Issue
October 2, 1958
Perforation or Dimension
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Designed by Gerald Mathew Trottier. Designed by Carl Dair. Picture engraved by Yves Baril. Lettering engraved by John F. Mash.
The Speaker's chair and mace suggest 2nd October, 1758, when the first General Assembly, in what is now Canada, met in the Court House in Halifax. In the same year England had granted self-government to the colony. The newly formed government consisted of a Governor, Council, and General Assembly. The Governor and council resolved to provide for the election of sixteen members for the province as a whole including New Brunswick which was still part of Nova Scotia. Maces evolved from weapons of war to ceremonial items of prominence in the British parliament.
First Elected Assembly
The mace should not be confused with the sceptre appearing on some of the British Commonwealth postage stamps. A Speaker's chair forms the central motif of the stamp with a ceremonial mace below it. Flanking the chair, text in English and French tells of the first elected assembly marking the beginning of democratic government in Canada.
Patrick, Douglas and Mary Patrick. Canada's Postage Stamps. Toronto, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1964, p. 114.
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