Monday, April 03, 2006

Milliken Re-Elected Commons Speaker



News just came in: MPs have re-elected Liberal Peter Milliken as Speaker of the House of Commons.

Milliken beat out fellow Liberals Diane Marleau and Marcel Proulx in a secret ballot. Marleau and Proulx both took veiled shots at Milliken, saying in brief speeches that Canadians are disillusioned with the ongoing bad behaviour in the Commons.

The fact that the Speaker is a Liberal is significant because it could tip the balance of power in the minority Parliament.

Since the Speaker only votes in a tie, the Liberals now have one less vote.

And with the tight numbers in the House, that means the Conservatives can now pass legislation with the support of just one opposition party rather than two.

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