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Stanton named Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons

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Following Friday’s official opening of the 42nd Parliament of Canada, the Honourable Geoff Regan, newly elected Speaker of the House of Commons, rose to put forward his nomination of Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton for the position of Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole. The Speaker’s nomination came after having consulted with each of the three recognized party leaders.  The motion to appoint Mr. Stanton was immediately met with enthusiastic acceptance by Members and adopted.

Mr. Stanton becomes the 49th Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons since the position was created in 1885.   The Deputy Speaker is vested with all the powers of the Speaker when the latter is absent from the House, presides over the proceedings of the House, and is responsible for chairing Committees of the Whole.

“I’m honoured that my fellow colleagues in the House have given me this opportunity to continue as a presiding officer in the House.  My goal as Deputy Speaker will be to serve the House and Parliament in a way that demonstrates the greatest respect for Members and the role they plan in the House.  I look forward to working with Speaker Regan and the other Chair Occupants (two Assistant Deputy Speakers yet to be proposed to the House) to foster civility, decorum and productivity here at the centre of our Canadian democracy”, Stanton noted.

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