STK-ID 18674

Opening of Parliament (16/09/1949): LALS of top part of Peace Tower seen through archway in foreground. Cut to prime minister Louis Saint-Laurent in top hat arriving, of MJ Coldwell, leader of the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation and George Drew, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party arriving. Shots of George Drew, prime minister Louis Saint-Laurent and MJ Coldwell on steps of Parliament and entering. Cut to deputy governor general, Chief of Justice Patrick Kerwin arriving. CU of Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable on guard. Group shot of WR Kent, Captain Stick, Mrs and Mr Bulton, all from Newfoundland. LAS of Captain Stick and WR Kent standing under Newfoundland crest over doorway to Parliament. Sequence on tri-service honour guard arriving. Governor general and Lady Alexander speaking with prime minister Saint-Laurent. Governor general and Lady Alexander advancing towards camera, honour guard presenting arms, governor general Alexander taking the salute. Sequence on the Governor general and Lady Alexander being escorted to the Senate. HA and level shots of Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Sergeant at Arms with Mace and other officers, followed by members of House of Commons parading to the Senate.


Excerpt from
Opening of Parliament / Salmon Gill Netting
National Film Board
Available formats
Reel 35 mm, Video HI 8
Shooting format
35mm fine grain b&w
Aspect ratio