Something Old is New Again

first_imgSomething old will be new again when the House of Assembly reconvenes today, May 4, and resumes an age-old practice involving traditional headwear. Beginning today the Speaker of the House, the clerks and the sergeant-at-arms will be wearing tricorne or bicorne hats as they conduct their duties at the House. “The hats add to the decorum and unique character of the House and its proceedings,” said Speaker of the House Cecil Clarke. “The vast majority of Speakers in Canada, together with table officers, wear the tricorne hat, at least during ceremonial functions. They have done so for more than 200 years in many cases.” In Nova Scotia, the Speaker once wore a top hat. Mr. Clarke said this tradition has lapsed over the last several years. “I trust that all will agree that the reintroduction of the hats will add to the procedures of the House,” he said. While the Speaker and clerks will wear tricornes, the sergeant-at-arms will wear a two-sided hat known as a bicorne.last_img