Speech from the Throne, 1996

An excerpt from the Throne Speech of March 20th, 1996, in which the newly-elected provincial government of Premier Tobin committed itself to changing the official name of the province to Newfoundland and Labrador.

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[March 20 1996]

The following is the text of Speech from the Throne delivered at the opening of the First Session of the Forty-third General Assembly of the Province of Newfoundland on Wednesday, March 20, 1996, by His Honour, The Honourable Frederick W. Russell, Lieutenant-Governor:

Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly:

I take great pleasure in welcoming you to this First Session of the Forty-third General Assembly of the Province of Newfoundland. It is time to change the name of our province to reflect the reality that it is made up of two equally important parts, Newfoundland and Labrador. My Government will bring forward legislation to change the name of the province from Newfoundland to Newfoundland and Labrador. This will require an amendment to the Terms of Union to be approved by the House of Assembly and by Parliament.

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