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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.

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Duties

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 Geoff Regan

Mr. Regan was elected Speaker of the House of Commons for the 42nd Parliament on December 3, 2015. He is the fifth Speaker to be chosen by a secret ballot cast by his fellow Members of the House of Commons.

The Honourable Geoff Regan First elected as the MP for Halifax West in 1993, Geoff Regan was re-elected to his seventh term in October 2015. Geoff has worked tirelessly to advance citizen-based initiatives such as education, environmental protection, health promotion, retirement security, the Community Access Program and home retrofit program. He is committed to promoting public engagement and has held 125 town hall meetings.

Geoff was Minister of Fisheries and Oceans from 2003-06 and served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader from 2001-03. As regional minister for Nova Scotia, Geoff was fully engaged in negotiating the 2005 Offshore Accord and signed the historic agreement on behalf of the federal government.

Before entering public life, Geoff practiced law and was an active community volunteer. He is a former president of the Bedford Board of Trade and a former chair of the Metro Food Bank and Beacon House. Geoff is married to the Honourable Kelly Regan, MLA, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. They have three children and live in Bedford.

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


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