Canadian Throne Speech

By: Jeff Clark    Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008

The Canadian Government opened a new session of Parliament yesterday with the speech from the throne. It sets down the government blueprint for the coming months and describes which topics the government wants to address. I have created a sentence bar diagram for the speech and also the one from last year as a basis of comparison. I have added a simple pie chart to the diagram as well which shows more clearly which topics were in focus. Here are a few simple observations:

  • The speeches were about the same length and had no obvious difference in average sentence length.
  • Words related to 'Government' were the most common in both speeches.
  • Words related to 'Economy' doubled in share in yesterday's speech compared to last year.
  • The increase in Economy related words came roughly equally from the other three categories.


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