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For comment on the Governor General’s contribution to the Speech from the Throne , we turn to a professor of philosophy of physics.
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Along with all the expected lines about strengthening the middle class, fighting climate change and reconciling with Indigenous peoples, today’s Speech from the Throne included a distinctive rhetorical flourish, courtesy of Governor General Julie Payette, former astronaut and now the Queen’s representative in Canada.
Speech from the throne steeped in tradition, but this year brings new changes
OTTAWA — The opening of Parliament is steeped in centuries-old traditions, but this year some new elements — including a renovated train station and an astronaut — are bringing a modern touch to the ceremonies. The speech from the throne marks the beginning of every new Parliament, which comes after a general election, as is the case this year, or following a prorogation. It is read in the Senate by the Governor General, who this time around is Julie Payette, a former astronaut who is reading the speech for the first time since she was named to the vice-regal post in 2017.
The speech promised to help get Canadian natural resources to market, but stopped short of making any promises Media caption"We are inextricably bound to the same space-time continuum ". It is time to show courage and strengthen gun control," Payette said in the Throne Speech .
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“We know that we are inextricably bound to the same space-time continuum and on board the same planetary spaceship,” Payette said in a preamble of her own devising, before moving on to reading the Liberal government’s comparatively straightforward plans for Parliament’s new session.
For many Canadians, the term “space-time continuum” is familiar only from science fiction. There’s an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, for instance, when Lieutenant Worf says, “It is a highly localized distortion of the space-time continuum,” and he’s not referring to a siting of Pierre Poilievre.
But was Payette talking sci-fi or something closer to actual sci? Prof. Christopher Smeenk, an expert on the history of science and the philosophy of physics at Western University, who was not on the list of experts Maclean’s had anticipated asking about the Throne Speech, said “space-time continuum” is a perfectly respectable scientific concept.
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A post-creole continuum (or simply creole continuum ) is a dialect continuum of varieties of a creole language between those most and least similar to the superstrate language
A speech from the throne (or throne speech ) is an event in certain monarchies in which the reigning sovereign, or a representative thereof, reads a prepared speech to members of the nation’s legislature when a session is opened, outlining the government’s agenda and focus for the forthcoming session
It goes back to a 1907 paper by Hermann Minkowski, a German mathematician who was one of Albert Einstein’s teachers. Einstein’s famous 1905 relativity theory describes the world as a four-dimensional space-time continuum. Minkowski showed that his former student’s revolutionary idea could be understood in geometric terms.
Of course, the idea that space and time are part of the same continuum is hard for non-physicists to grasp. “One way of thinking about it is that objects are imbedded within this continuum,” Smeenk said. “So, you can think of the objects occupying different locations, and then the continuum is like the space between them. It gives you a sense of where they are. The continuum is what’s left over if you took all the objects away.”
That makes it sound as if the space-time continuum is entirely separate from all the stuff in the universe. But Smeenk said that’s a point philosophers of science debate. One way of thinking about it is that “objects aren’t themselves space-time, but they’re in space-time.” Another way, though, is to conceive of space-time as more like the way everything is ordered.
Tories, NDP won't support throne speech but Bloc will back Liberals' agenda if it comes to vote
The Conservatives and the New Democrats are against it, but the Bloc Québécois are for it, so should the throne speech be put to a vote in the House of Commons, it has enough support to pass. The Liberal government is not obliged to put the speech from the throne to a vote in order to seek confidence from the House. That's not stopping Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer from promising to put forward an amendment to the speech Friday to cover what Scheer called "missed opportunities.
A typical throne speech is mostly about domestic policy — as in Earth-bound. But when your governor general used to be an astronaut, the text can get a little We know that we are inextricably bound to the same space-time continuum and on board the same planetary spaceship," Payette said in the
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“Here’s analogy that might help,” Smeenk said. “Think of the members of your family and the family tree. The family tree isn’t something that exists separately, over and above the members of your family. But it characterizes how they are related to one another. So, space-time would be the order of relations among objects, in this view.”
I asked Smeenk what he thought about the way Payette alluded to this deep, difficult idea. “I was quite shocked that it had come up in a throne speech, quite honestly,” he said, but added: “It seems a little superfluous, but it does sort of emphasize the connectedness, that we’re all in the same space.”
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In December 2019, fighting climate change feels like the overarching cause in Canadian federal politics — the thing that everything else must work toward. It's not just a moral imperative, but a political one as well."Canada's children and grandchildren will judge this generation by its action — or inaction — on the defining challenge of the time: climate change," Gov. Gen. Julie Payette said, delivering the most striking sentence of Thursday's 3,300-word speech.