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The Speakers of the Canadian House of Commons


The ballot box for the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons

Suggested Further Reading

Bach, Stanley. “The Office of Speaker in Comparative Perspective. ”Journal of Legislative Studies 5, 3–4 (Autumn/Winter 1999): 209–254.

Bissonnet, Michel, et al. “The Impartiality of the Speakership: A Round Table. (152 kB, 9 pages) Canadian Parliamentary Review 27, 2 (Summer 2004): 4–12.

Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. “The Speaker and Other Presiding Officers of the House.” In House of Commons Procedure and Practice. Edited by Audrey O'Brien and Marc Bosc. 2nd ed. Ottawa: House of Commons, 2009.

Danis, Marcel. “The Speakership and Independence: A Tradition in the Making.Canadian Parliamentary Review 10, 2 (Summer 1987): 17–19.

Deighan, Greg. “Question Period — How is it Handled by Speakers?Canadian Parliamentary Review 22, 4 (Winter 1999–2000): 2–4.

Deschênes, Gaston, and Gary Levy. “What’s in a Name: Speaker/Orateur/Président.Canadian Parliamentary Review 6, 4 (Winter 1983–84): 42.

Fraser, Alistair, W.F. Dawson, and John A. Holtby. “The Election of the Speaker” and  “Officers of the House.” In Beauchesne’s Parliamentary Rules and Forms of the House of Commons of Canada: With Annotations, Comments and Precedents. 6th ed. Toronto: Carswell, 1989.

Hamilton, David. “Freedom of Speech and the Office of Speaker.Canadian Parliamentary Review 21, 1 (Spring 1998): 7–10.

Hicks, Bruce M. “The Baton of the Speaker of the House of Commons.Canadian Parliamentary Review 24, 4 (Winter 2001–02): 16–18. 

Jerome, James. Mr. Speaker. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1985.

Laundy, Philip. The Office of the Speaker in the Parliaments of the Commonwealth. London: Quiller Press, 1984.

Levy, Gary. “The Evolving Speakership.Canadian Parliamentary Review 21, 2 (Summer 1998): 7–11.

Levy, Gary. “A Night to Remember: The First Election of a Speaker by Secret Ballot.Canadian Parliamentary Review 9, 4 (Winter 1986–87): 10–14.

Lovick, Dale. “Impartial But Not Non-Partisan: Re-examining the Mythology of the Speakership. Canadian Parliamentary Review 19, 4 (Winter 1996–97): 2–6.

Mercer, Tim. “Challenging the Chair. (67 kB, 5 pages) Canadian Parliamentary Review 29, 2 (Summer 2006): 21–25.

O'Brien, Audrey. “Election of a Speaker by Secret Ballot: A Milestone for the House of Commons. (64 kB, 2 pages) Canadian Parliamentary Review 29, 3 (Autumn 2006): 27–28.

Reimer, Neil. “Parliamentary Culture and Reform: Electing the Speaker by Secret Ballot.” The Parliamentarian 76 (October 1995): 329–334.

Robert, Charles. “Ringing in Reform: An Account of the Canadian Bells Episode of March 1982.” The Table: The Journal of the Society of Clerks-at-the-Table in Commonwealth Parliaments 51 (1983): 46–53.

Robert, Charles. “The Speaker’s Baton — The Invention of a Tradition.Canadian Parliamentary Review 25, 3 (Autumn 2002): 25–27.

Vellacott, Maurice, and John Earnshaw. “The Casting Vote.Canadian Parliamentary Review 26, 4 (Winter 2003–04): 16–18.