The mace, gift of Chief Justice Robert E. Harris and Mrs. Harris, was used for the first time in the Nova Scotia Legislature. An ancient symbol of royal authority, it was delegated in Nova Scotia to the House of Assembly under the responsibility of the Speaker of the House. The power of the Crown is represented in the ceremonial mace, and when the House is in session, the mace, the Speaker’s authority to conduct the business of the House, is always present on the clerk’s table. It is in the care of the sergeant-at-arms. (Photo credit: The mace on the clerk’s table in the Nova Scotia Legislative Chamber. © James Macnutt.)