Protocol Information: Flags, Anthems, The Coat of Arms, Invitations, Precedence
For organizations in Canada planning an event at which the flags of Barbados, Canada or a province or territory of Canada will be flown, the national anthems of Barbados and Canada played, or to which dignitaries either from Barbados or Canada will be invited to attend and/or speak, the following protocol guidelines should be followed.
Flags If placing the flags of Barbados and Canada on a stage or against a wall, they should be placed such that if you stand facing the flags, the flag of Barbados is on the right and the flag of Canada flag is on the left. E.G: Canada....................Barbados.
If placing the flags of Barbados, Canada and a province or territory, they should be placed such that if you stand facing the flags, the flag of Barbados is on the left, the flag of Canada in the centre and the flag of the province or territory on the right. E.G: Barbados...............Canada................Province/Territory.
Anthems In playing national anthems at an event, it is customary and preferred that the anthems are played at the beginning of the event. If the two anthems are played at the beginning of the event, the national anthem of Canada should be played first, followed by the national anthem of Barbados.
Should the anthems be played at the end of an event (which can be done) the national anthem of Barbados should be played first, followed by the national anthem of Canada.
National anthems must not be parodied in verse or song; or played in any tempo other than that officially recognized.
The Coat of Arms The Coat of Arms of Barbados, Canada, a province or territory is the official seal of the government and may not be used or reproduced in any form without the approval of the respective Government.
Invitations In addressing invitations to the Prime Minister of Barbados, Prime Minister of Canada, a Premier of a province or territory, a cabinet minister in the Government of Barbados, the Government of Canada or the government of a province or territory, use the title "Honourable", which can be shortened to "Hon.", as in the following examples: - The Hon. Freundel J. Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados. - The Hon. <Name>, Premier of <Province>. - The Hon. <Name>, Minister of <Name of Ministry>. The salutation should be: "Prime Minister", "Premier", "Minister". In the third person the Prime Minister is referred to as "The Honourable Prime Minister" or as "The Prime Minister", the Premier is referred to as "The Honourable Premier" or as "The Premier"; and a Minister is referred to as "The Honourable Minister" or as "The Minister".
In addressing invitations to a Mayor of a municipality use the title "His/Her Worship". E.g.: His Worship, Mayor <name> of <name of municipality>. In formal settings the Mayor is addressed in the second person as "Your Worship" and thereafter as "Sir" or "Madam". In the third person the mayor is referred to as "His/Her Worship" or "The Mayor".
Invitations to the Governor General of Canada should be addressed as follows: - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada The salutation should be: "Excellency". In the third person the Governor General is referred to as "Her Excellency" or as "The Governor General".
Invitations to the Lieutenant Governor of a province or Commissioner of a territory should be addressed as follows: - The Honourable <Lieutenant Governor's/Commissioner's Name> Lieutenant Governor/ Commissioner of <Province/Territory> The salutation should be: "Your Honour". In the third person the Lieutenant Governor or Commissioner should be referred to as "His or Her Honour" or as "The Lieutenant Governor or "The Commissioner".
Speaking Protocols In establishing the order of speakers when more than one dignitary will be speaking, the rule......"the most senior speaks last" generally applies. For detail on the order of precedence for Canada or your province or territory, visit the Government of Canada's website....Click here.
Recognizing Dignitaries at Your Event For guidance on the order in which dignitaries attending your event should be recognized, see the Table of precedence for Canada or for your province or territory in the Government of Canada's website.....Click here.
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