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House of Commons - The Speaker

Because debates can sometimes get quite heated in the House of Commons, the Speaker of the House, acts as a referee. The Speaker of the House , while also being an elected MP, does his or her best to keep the peace, without showing favoritism towards one party or another.

Because debates can sometimes get quite heated in the House of Commons, the Speaker of the House, acts as a referee. The Speaker of the House , while also being an elected MP, does his or her best to keep the peace, without showing favoritism towards one party or another.

The Speaker is elected via secret ballot by the other Members of the House of Commons. As the “referee,” the Speaker does not participate in any of the debates. He or she is also responsible for the House’s overall management and represents the House when dealing with the Senate or the Queen, Canada’s Head of State.

Periodically, MPs in the House of Commons vote on bills, but the Speaker, who is also an elected MP, only votes in the event of a tie.