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The origin of the Usher of the Black Rod goes back to early fourteenth century England . Today, with no royal duties to perform, the Usher knocks on the doors of the House of Commons with the Black Rod at the start of Parliament to summon the members. The rod is a symbol for the authority of debate in the upper house. We of The Black Rod have since 2005, adopted the symbol to knock some sense and the right questions into the heads of Legislators, pundits, and other opinion makers.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

"The MVP blogger of the election so far? The Black Rod"

"The MVP blogger of the election so far? The Black Rod
Posted: September 26, 2008, 12:26 PM by Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay

At 11:57am EST, Stéphane Dion did the right thing — and the blogger who set it all in motion is apparently The Black Rod:

From: ""
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 11:57:44 -0400

Statement from Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion

The Liberal Party's commitment to tolerance and multiculturalism is paramount. I have reviewed the past comments of Lesley Hughes and it is clear they do not meet this standard. While I appreciate her apology, I cannot condone those sentiments in any way. I have therefore asked Ms. Hughes to step down as the Liberal Party candidate in Kildonan-St. Paul. "

Thank you.

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