Anthony Rota re-elected as Commons Speaker

Liberal MP Anthony Rota was re-elected today as Speaker of the House of Commons. He will chair a parliament very similar to the one he left behind to run for his seat in the federal elections.

Rota defeated six other candidates in this morning’s vote, including Green Party MP Elizabeth May.

After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and leader of the opposition Erin O’Toole — by tradition — jokingly dragged Rota to the chair, the Ontario MP thanked his colleagues for choosing him as House peacekeeper.

“Thank you again for the confidence you have placed in me as chairman for a second term. I am very honored to succeed her both politically and personally. I know this is something I know I will do for the rest of my life.” cherish,” he said, promising to be “honest and respectful.”

“I think one of the good things about Speaker is that I’m probably going to upset both sides a bit, so I appreciate you sorting this out,” he said.

Six other MPs ran for the post of chairman: three Conservatives, one Liberal, one New Democrat and one Green.

Watch: Anthony Rota re-elected as Speaker of the House of Commons:

Anthony Rota re-elected as Speaker of the House of Commons

On November 11, 2021, Anthony Rota won re-election as Speaker of the House of Commons to the 44th Canadian Parliament. 2:15

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off the congratulatory speeches and thanked Rota and the other six candidates for participating.

“There will be times when we get caught up in heated discussions and when that happens, we have you, Mr. Chairman, to get us back on track,” Trudeau said.

“This is a historic moment of change and opportunity for our country, Mr President. I know you’ll help us face this.’

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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole congratulated Rota and said that while Canadians often feel disconnected from what’s happening in the House of Commons, Rota was able to make them feel like they were part of it during the pandemic.

“This is the home of the people and too often… they often feel left out of these debates,” O’Toole said.

“You have been able to preside over a difficult time of our pandemic and ensure that our democracy, the light of our democracy, did not flicker.”

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole speaks in the House of Commons following the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons on Monday, November 22, 2021 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

In French, Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet said Rota’s re-election as president is a testament to the quality of the work he did as president during the last parliament.

Blanchet also took the opportunity to demand that all MPs in the House be fully vaccinated unless they have a valid medical reason to avoid vaccination.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh also congratulated the speaker on his win.

Watch: Trudeau responds to Rota’s re-election as Speaker of the House of Commons:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to Anthony Rota’s re-election as Speaker of the House of Commons

Trudeau congratulates Rota on his election as Speaker of the House of Commons for a second term. 1:42

“Thank you for all your work as President during the last Parliament, and as the Bloc leader said, the fact that you have been re-elected shows that you have the confidence of this House. Congratulations,” he said.

“We can get back to work, to work on the things Canadians need us to work on.”

The speaker’s position has significant benefits, including a $88,700 supplement to an MP’s $185,800 salary and an additional $1,000 annual car allowance.

It also comes with an apartment on Parliament Hill, an official residence at Kingsmere in Chelsea, Que., and a $1.26 million office budget that includes up to $201,808 for hospitality.

The Speaker features a beautiful five bedroom country house in the Gatineau Hills north of the capital.

Officially known as The Farm, the Speaker’s home comes with a housekeeper, gardeners, maintenance crews, large party caterers, and five outbuildings.

CBC News will provide live coverage of Tuesday’s Speech from the Throne by Governor General Mary Simon. Here’s how to follow:

  • CBC’s chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton will host a CBC News Live Special on CBC News Network and CBC Television beginning at noon ET. You can also stream it on CBC Gem or the CBC News app.

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