On October 16, 2007, Her Excellency, the Governor General, opened the Second Session of the 39th Parliament with Stephen Harper's Conservatives' second Speech from the Throne. It was the first time in Canadian history that this occasion took place after sunset. In the past, the Throne Speech has been delievered in mid-afternoon, giving opposition MPs and senators, as well as the media, an opportunity to digest it before publicly praising, or condeming it. The late schedule not only allowed the Conservatives to capitalize on time constraints in the battle to shape public opinion, but it also allowed more Canadians to watch a live televised broadcast of the speech.

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