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The Hon. Andrew Scheer, M.P.
Speaker of the House of Commons

Speaker's Welcome Message

The Honourable Andrew Scheer, The Speaker of the House of Commons

On June 2, 2011, my colleagues in the House of Commons elected me to be their Speaker—the 35th person to hold the office in Canada. Having served as the Member of Parliament for Regina—Qu'Appelle since 2004, I am honoured to have been chosen for such an important and challenging role.

I have always been interested in the role of the Chair, and had the pleasure of serving as the Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, for the 39th Parliament, after my second election in January 2006. In November 2008, after being re-elected as a Member of Parliament, I became the Deputy Speaker for the 40th Parliament.

I would like to use the words of Speaker William Lenthall to describe the nature of the position of the Speaker. When King Charles went into the House of Commons in 1642 and demanded to know the whereabouts of certain MPs, Speaker Lenthall told the king:

“May it please Your Majesty, I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am here....”

The Speakership is rooted in history, stretching back hundreds of years in Great Britain. In Canada today, the Speaker maintains order in Chamber proceedings and protects the rights and privileges of the House.

This Web site answers questions most asked about the Office of the Speaker. In so doing, it also offers key insights into the work of the House of Commons and of Parliament.

Andrew Scheer, M.P.