Black Rod

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Black Rod

1. (in Britain) an officer of the House of Lords and of the Order of the Garter, whose main duty is summoning the Commons at the opening and proroguing of Parliament
2. a similar officer in any of certain other legislatures
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Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of 1994- the Parliaments Audcent, Mark Law Clerk 1996- MacLeod, Kevin Usher of the Black Rod 2008- Fournier, Jean T.
Hence his quip at the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, otherwise known as the Sovereign's messenger boy, as this mighty official was summoning MPs to go to the House of Lords to hear the Queen deliver the so-called Gracious Speech during the Opening of Parliament ceremonies.
The Lieutenant Governor appointed Rick Mantey, Clerk of Executive Council to serve as the first Usher of the Black Rod.
THE Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod knocks on the door of the House of Commons three times to summon MPs.
In July 2001, he was designated acting Usher of the Black Rod, and acted in that capacity for a year and a half until the appointment of a new Usher of the Black Rod.
The Parade consists of a member of the security staff, the Usher of the Black Rod, the Mace Bearer, the Speaker, two Pages, the Clerk, Deputy Clerk and Reading Clerk.