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Canada Elects Its First Black House of Commons Speaker, Greg Fergus

Greg Fergus, a Liberal Member of Parliament, has been elected as Canada’s first black House of Commons Speaker, making history on October 3, 2023. Fergus assumed the role, taking over from Anthony Rota, who resigned amid controversy regarding a visit by Ukraine’s president, which involved inviting a Second World War veteran with Nazi ties to the House.

Fergus was one of seven candidates vying for the position of Speaker, responsible for managing parliamentary conduct, guiding agendas, and moderating debates. The House of Commons is often marked by heated arguments, shouting matches, and constant heckling among lawmakers.

Upon his election, Fergus addressed his fellow lawmakers from the Speaker’s chair, expressing his commitment to restoring order and respect to the House. He emphasized the importance of respect and decorum, urging all members to set an example for Canadians.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his hopes for Fergus’s success in bringing civility to parliamentary debates and encouraging younger generations to engage in politics.

Gregory Cristophe Fergus, born on May 31, 1969, is the 38th and current Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada. As a member of the Liberal Party, he is the first person of color in Canadian history to hold this position.

This historic election coincides with ongoing discussions in the House about the potential removal of Speaker Kevin McCarthy. If the motion to vacate is successful, McCarthy would become the first Speaker of the House to be removed from office in U.S. history.

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