Rota elected Speaker in first act of the 44th Parliament

He's Back!

Anthony Rota Liberal MP for Nipissing-Timiskaming has been re-elected Speaker of the House of Commons in the first act of the 44th Parliament.

Rota, who was speaker in the 43rd Parliament, beat out five other candidates to be the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Other candidates included Marc Dalton, Conservative MP for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, Chris d'Entremont, Conservative Party of Canada MP for West Nova, Joel Godin Conservative Party of Canada MP Portneuf-Jaques-Cartier, Carol Hughes NDP MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada MP Saanich—Gulf Islands and fellow Liberal Alexandra Mendes, MP for Brossard--Saint-Lambert.

Rota in his first speech as speaker stated that it was time to remember who was watching the proceedings, "I would like to remind us that in this very house, Canadians can watch us from their house, their computers, or the news."

He made mention to a verse of a song that he has on the wall of his office, "Kids are not so bad, sometimes the spit, lie or steal, they often do what we teach them. When I am here in the House and an MP or as the Speaker I ofte