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Scotland's Presiding Officer visits Queen's, delivers lecture

  • [Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick]
    Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, speaks to faculty, staff and students about the importance of women being involved in politics.
  • [Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick]
    Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, speaks to faculty, staff and students about the importance of women being involved in politics.
  • [Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick]
    Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, delivers the Principal's Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Saturday at Grant Hall.
  • [Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick]
    Former Speaker of the House and current Queen's Fellow Peter Milliken looks on as Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, answers a question.
  • [Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick]
    Among the attendees at Saturday's Principal's Distiguished Visitor Lecture were Mayor of Kingston Bryan Patterson and former prime minister John Turner.
  • [Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick]
    Principal Daniel Woolf, right, speaks with Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, and Fergus Cochrane of the Scottish Parliament's UK and International Relations Office.

The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament visited Queen’s University over the weekend as the Principal’s Distinguished Visitor.

The Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick took part in a series of events throughout the weekend including a special conversation Friday at Wallace Hall regarding the importance of women being involved in politics, and, as part of the Principal’s Forum, delivered the Principal’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Saturday on “Scotland’s Constitutional Journey.”

Ms. Marwick, the first female Presiding Officer, similar to Canada’s Speaker of the House, attended several events held throughout the weekend in celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, who was born in Scotland.

She also took time to have tea with a group of exchange students from the United Kingdom who are currently studying at Queen’s.

The Principal’s Forum is a lecture series in which the Principal’s Distinguished Visitor lectures on current topics of interest. Past speakers have included world-renowned scholar Dipesh Chakrabarty and His Excellency the Governor General, the Rt. Hon. David Johnston.