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VOL. 77 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2019
By D. Michael Bain
This has certainly been the year of the speaker. Many of us watched John
Bercow, while still speaker of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons,
attempt to impose order and express his views during Brexit debates, and
Darryl Plecas, speaker of B.C.’s Legislative Assembly, was recently featured
a National Post article headlined “Reckless Vigilante or Heroic 1 For some background on the role of a speaker, we reprint below the
Honourable John A. Fraser, Q.C.’s “The Off ice of the Speaker” (1988) 46
THE OFFICE OF SPEAKER
By Hon. John A. Fraser, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Speaker of the House of Commons
(M.P. - Vancouver South)
Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Finance): Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member
has it all wrong or he is purposely twisting the truth.
Mr. Speaker: Order, please. I know the Hon. Minister would want to change
the way he put his answer because, of course, it is inappropriate to say
another Hon. Member is purposely twisting the truth.
1. Douglas Quan, “Reckless Vigilante or Heroic Watchdog: Meet the Man Who Turned the B.C. Legislature on Its Head”,
National Post (13 September 2019), online: <nationalpost.com/news/canada/reckless-vigilante-or-heroic-watchdogmeet