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Ottawa, ON - The official opening ceremony of the 43rd Session of Parliament took place on December 5, 2019, with a Speech from the Throne delivered by Governor General Julie Payette in the Senate of Canada's temporary chamber. The Senate rose on December 12 following Royal Assent of Bill C-2, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. To conclude 2019, the Speaker of the Senate hosted the annual Christmas party for all Senators, staff and employees of the Senate.