For your information, please find enclosed a statement formally presented in the Ontario Legislature by MPP Toby Barrett regarding the recent Royal Engagement announcement:

For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2010

On a much happier note, I will draw everyone’s attention, anyone who was watching the news last night, to the announcement of the engagement of His Royal Highness Prince William to Catherine Middleton. I think that’s just wonderful. I can just imagine the sentiment in Great Britain, which is in more dire economic straits than we are in North America, so far. I certainly extend my best wishes. Speaker, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Parliament of Ontario, we would wish to send our sincerest congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who eventually will be giving royal assent to this legislation—the Queen of Canada, the Queen of Ontario—and His Royal Highness Prince Philip on this happy occasion. God save the Queen.

Thank you for allowing me to make that statement. In fact, I’d like to acknowledge a bit of guidance on that from Alex Roman, protocol officer for issues like that.

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629