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Queen's University

Policy Speaker Series

The Speaker in a Minority Parliament

October 15, 2010

Peter MillikenPeter Milliken was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988 as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands and was re-elected in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. He held several positions including, in opposition, Party Critic for Election Reform and Associate Critic for Seniors, Assistant Party House Leader (House Business), Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and Member of the Standing Committee on House Management. In government, Mr. Milliken served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader, Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and Co-Chair of the Special Joint Committee on a Code of Conduct. In 1996, he was named Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole house. In 1997, Mr. Milliken was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House and Chair of the Committees of the Whole House.

On January 29, 2001, he was elected 34th Speaker of the House of Commons, and on October 4, 2004 he was re-elected by acclamation. He was once again elected Speaker on April 3, 2006 and on November 18, 2008. Speaker Milliken is the third Speaker to be selected by secret ballot. In the 39th and 40th Parliaments, Mr. Milliken, as a Member of the Liberal Party, is one of only two Speakers from an opposition party elected to the post. On October 12th, 2009 Mr. Milliken became the longest serving Speaker in Canadian history.

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