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The Medals of the National Assembly

Apart from the MNA’s Medal, all the medals of the National Assembly of Québec are awarded by the President, or Speaker, of the Assembly or one of its 125 Members to Québec, Canadian or foreign personalities who are deserving of recognition by the Members of the Assembly and the people of Québec.

The MNA’s Medal is awarded by the Secretary General during a ceremony held at the Parliament Building, to Québec MNAs elected or re-elected in a general election or by-election.

Recipients are selected according to a policy established in 2001 and adopted by the Assembly in April 2002. A permanent register of recipients has been kept since March 2001.

General Characteristics

The medals are reproductions of the original medal engraved by sculptor-engraver Serge Santucci at the Paris Mint (page in French).

  • Diameter: 68 mm
  • Thickness: 5 mm
  • Composition: various alloys depending on the medal
  • Obverse: stylized view of the Parliament Building
  • Reverse: effigy or personalized inscription, depending on the medal.

President’s Medal

President’s MedalThe President’s Medal is awarded to public figures who are deserving of recognition by the Members of the National Assembly and the people of Québec. The President of the Assembly awards the medal in a ceremony held at the Parliament Building.

Specific Characteristics

  • Composition: silver gilt, matte finish
  • Reverse: effigy of Jean-Antoine Panet (page in French), the first Speaker of the House of Assembly of Lower Canada (since 1968, the Speaker of the Assembly has been called the President). The effigy reproduces part of the painting, The Language Debate, by Charles Huot, that adorns the National Assembly Chamber of the Parliament Building. Recipients of the President’s Medal

Medal of Honour of the National Assembly

Medal of Honour of the National AssemblyThe Medal of Honour is awarded by the President, or Speaker, to public figures from all walks of life who, through their career, their work or their social commitment, have earned the recognition of the Members of the National Assembly and the people of Québec.
 
A committee made up of Members from all the parliamentary groups meets behind closed doors once or twice a year to choose the men and women it will unanimously recommend to the President for this distinction.

Specific Characteristics

  • Composition: silver-plated copper, matte finish
  • Reverse: effigy of Jean-Antoine Panet, the first Speaker of the House of Assembly of Lower Canada (since 1968, the Speaker of the Assembly has been called the President). The effigy reproduces part of the painting, The Language Debate, by Charles Huot, that hangs in the National Assembly Chamber of the Parliament Building. Recipients of the Medal of Honour of the National Assembly

Medal of the National Assembly

Medal of the National AssemblyThe Medal of the National Assembly of Québec is awarded by the Members of the Assembly

  • to people of their choice who are deserving of recognition, or
  • as an official gift to Members of other parliaments, elected officials or other public figures during parliamentary missions outside Québec or protocol receptions at the Parliament Building.

Specific Characteristics

  • Composition: bronze, lacquered antique finish
  • Reverse: effigy of Jean-Antoine Panet, the first Speaker of the House of Assembly of Lower Canada (before 1968, the President of the Assembly was called the Speaker). The effigy reproduces part of the painting, The Language Debate, by Charles Huot, that hangs in the National Assembly Chamber of the Parliament Building. A miniature replica of the Medal of the National Assembly is sold at the National Assembly gift shop.

Recipients of the Medal of the National Assembly

MNA’s Medal

MNA’s MedalThe MNA’s Medal is awarded by the Secretary General during the swearing-in ceremony held at the Parliament Building, to Québec MNAs elected or re-elected in a general election or by-election.

Specific Characteristics

  • Thickness: 5 mm – Plain edge bearing a number that makes each medal unique
  • Composition: copper, antique finish
  • Reverse: designation of the Legislature during which the medal is awarded and reproduction of the oath made by the Member: “I [name] Member for [electoral division] declare under oath that I will be loyal to the people of Québec and that I will perform the duties of Member honestly and justly in conformity with the constitution of Québec.
 

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