Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate

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Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate
Poète officiel du Parlement du Canada
Incumbent
Vacant
Reports to Library of Parliament
Nominator
Appointer Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Commons
Term length 2 years
Constituting instrument Parliament of Canada Act
Formation2001
First holder George Bowering
SalaryCA$20,000
Website lop.parl.ca/About/Parliament/Poet/index-e.html

The Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate (French : Poète officiel du Parlement du Canada) is the national poet laureate of Canada. The most recent poet laureate was Georgette LeBlanc  [ fr ], who served from 2018 to 2019. [1]

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The position is an office of the Library of Parliament.

Role

According to the laureate's official Web site: "The Poet's role is to encourage and promote the importance of literature, culture and language in Canadian society. Federal legislators created the position in 2001 to draw Canadians' attention to poetry, both spoken and written, and its role in our lives." [2]

The Parliament of Canada Act states that the laureate may: [2]

The laureate serves at the pleasure of both the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, with the maximum term of office set at two years. [3]

The position comes with an annual stipend of $20,000, up to $13,000 in travel expenses annually, a budget for administrative expenses and translation/adaptation into Canada's second official language. [3]

Selection criteria

In order to be chosen for the position, a poet must have: [4]

Poets Laureate

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References

  1. "Current Poet Laureate". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  2. 1 2 Web page titled "Welcome to the Web site for the Parliamentary Poet Laureate", accessed December 16, 2006
  3. 1 2 Web page titled "Questions and Answers" at the Parliamentary Poet Laureate Web site, accessed December 16, 2006
  4. Web page titled "Nomination Process" at the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate official Web site, accessed December 16, 2006
  5. "Louise Bernice Halfe chosen as Canada’s new parliamentary poet laureate". Toronto Star , February 3, 2021.