Canadian Symbols of Authority

Overview

The first book to examine the various parliamentary maces, rods, badges, and chains of office used throughout Canada, Canadian Symbols of Authority details how these devices are used at every level of government, emphasizing how, like the Crown itself, they embody continuity in an ever-changing world.

Symbols of authority are not only emblems of democracy and authority but they are part of the diverse heraldic and artistic heritage of Canada. Despite Canada’s rich symbolic and ceremonial heritage, little has been written about the nations various symbols of authority or the offices that are associated with them.

From the Great Maces of the Senate and House of Commons to the Chancellors Chain of the Order of Canada and Baton of the Chief Herald, the development of Canada’s symbols of authority encompasses the past 250 years of Canadian history. Richly illustrated, this book is the most comprehensive study yet undertaken of the origins, history, and development of parliamentary maces.

Reviews

"What could be a dry and dull subject is instead a fascinating exploration of the evolution of the various symbols."

Maclean’s (September, 2011)

"With its fine photographs and informative texts, this book celebrates and explains the various symbols of authority."

OHS Bulletin (October, 2011)

About the Authors

Corinna Pike

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Corinna Pike

Corinna Pike is an expert in matters pertaining to regalia, ceremonial silver, trophies, and fine jewellery, having worked many years with the royal jewellers, Garrard. Pike extended her skills to artist designer working for luxury jewellers Asprey London. Recently she returned to Garrard, and is currently the bespoke and regal jewels designer and heritage manager. She lives in New Malden, Surrey, England.

Christopher McCreery

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
Christopher McCreery photo

Christopher McCreery

Christopher McCreery holds a doctorate in Canadian political history from Queen’s University and is the author of more than a dozen books. He is private secretary to the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2010 he was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen. He lives in Halifax.