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Speaker of the House of Commons

The Speaker of the House of Commons is the impartial "referee" of the Members of Parliament and is 5th on the Canadian Order of Precedence. The Speaker is elected by his or her colleagues by secret ballot and is responsible for keeping order and following protocol in the House.



The Speaker of the House of Commons has important responsibilities of a procedural, administrative, and ceremonial nature. He or she is elected by secret ballot by the whole House in a process overseen by the Dean of the House (the Member with the longest consecutive service who is not a Minister or Officer of the House). The Speaker must carry out his responsibilities in a non-partisan manner and with strict impartiality and can not vote on any motions unless there is a tie vote.

As the chief presiding officer, he or she must maintain order in the Chamber and is responsible for procedural activities. The Speaker is also the Chairman of the Board of Internal Economy which is responsible for the administration of the 1500 House of Commons employees and its annual budget which exceeds $200 million. Moreover, the Speaker is the representative of the House of Commons in its relations with the Crown, the Senate, and authorities outside Parliament. In this capacity, he welcomes many visiting dignitaries and delegations and represents the House at national events and during visits abroad. In addition, the Speaker continues to carry out his or her responsibilities as a Member of Parliament for the their own riding constituents.

The Honourable Anthony Rota

Mr. Rota, Member for the electoral district of Nipissing-Timiskaming, was first elected in 2004, and served in the 38th Parliament as Chair of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs of the Standing Committee on National Defence.

The Honourable Anthony Rota Re-elected in 2006, he was Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs and from 2007 to 2011, he served as the Liberal Party caucus chair. During that time, Mr. Rota also served as critic for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. In the 40th Parliament, he was Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

In 2011, Mr. Rota joined Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, where he served as Director of Government Relations. He ran for re-election in 2015 and won his seat for the 42nd Parliament.

Prior to his election to the House of Commons in 2004, Mr. Rota worked for the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program as Regional Manager for Ontario and in the field of international technology transfer. He also worked as an entrepreneur in the financial and real estate sector, during which time he served as President of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce. He was subsequently elected to city council for the City of North Bay, where he served as Chair for Planning and Economic Development.

Mr. Rota holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration. He is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

SOURCES: The Speaker of the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament.

See also
House of Commons
Former Speakers of the House of Commons
Former Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Leader of the Official Opposition

External Links
Speaker of the House of Commons Official Website

Copyright Craig I.W. Marlatt