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H of C Speaker announced
Posted on Dec 05, 2019

Northern Ontario Liberal MP Anthony Rota, 56, first elected to the House of Commons in 2004, is the new Speaker for the 43rd Parliament which opened Nov. 5.

A former Assistant Deputy Speaker, Rota, the MP for Nipissing-Timiskaming, was elected over Liberal incumbent, Nova Scotia MP Geoff Regan, as well as two Conservatives, Bruce Stanton from Ontario and Joel Godin from Quebec, and Ontario New Democratic Party MP Carol Hughes.

During his first term in Parliament, Rota chaired the Veterans Affairs subcommittee of the Standing Committee on National Defence.

Re-elected in 2006, he was vice-chair of the subcommittee during the Conservative government and from 2007 until 2011 chaired the Liberal caucus. Rota also has served as Opposition critic on Northern Ontario economic development and as vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Before his entry into federal politics, Rota, who is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish, was Ontario regional manager for the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, dealing mainly with international technology transfers.