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The Speakers of the Canadian House of Commons

 

Hon. Anthony Rota
(2019-)

Previous Speaker: Hon. Geoff Regan

On December 5, 2019, the Honourable Anthony Rota was elected as the 37th Speaker of the House of Commons for the 43rd Parliament.

Mr. Rota was first elected as an MP in 2004, representing the constituency of Nipissing—Timiskaming.

Prior to his election to the House of Commons, Mr. Rota was a councillor for the City of North Bay, Ontario, where he served as Chair for Planning and Economic Development. He also worked as the Regional Manager for the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program as well as serving as the President of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce.

During his first term as a Member of Parliament, Mr. Rota served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs. After his re-election in 2006, he became the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.

From 2007 to 2011, he served as the caucus chair and critic for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. In the 40th Parliament, he was Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

In 2011, Mr. Rota was defeated, and began work as the Director of Government Relations at Nipissing University in North Bay.

He ran for his 5th term as an MP in 2015 and won his seat for the 42nd Parliament. On December 9, 2015, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Speaker and Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole.

On April 20, 2020, he was appointed as the Chair of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, which was composed of all Members of Parliament. He became the first Speaker to preside over virtual hearings using a hybrid sitting model, with MPs attending sessions in the Chamber and online.

Mr. Rota has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration. He is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Born: North Bay, Ontario, 1961

Professional Background: Finance and real estate

Political Affiliation: Liberal

Political Record:

  • First elected to the House of Commons in 2004
  • Appointed: Chair of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs (2004); Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (2006); Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (2007); Assistant Deputy Speaker and Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole (2015)
  • First elected to Speakership in 2019