Speaker of the Canadian Senate

Speaker Of The Canadian Senate

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The Speaker of the Senate of Canada () is the presiding officer of the Senate of Canada. The speaker represents the Senate at official functions, rules on questions of parliamentary procedure and parliamentary privilege, and oversee debates and voting in the red chamber. This position is often misunderstood as being equivalent to that in the House of Commons, but it is not. The current speaker is the Honourable Noël Kinsella, a Conservative Senator representing the province of New Brunswick.

Appointment and precedence

The Speaker of the Senate is appointed by the governor general, on behalf of the monarch, and on the advice of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. By convention, however, this advice is generally expressed exclusively by the prime minister.

The Speaker of the Senate takes precedence only after the queen, the governor general, other members of the royal family, former governors general and their spouses, the prime minister, former prime ministers, and the chief justice on the order of precedence and, therefore, is qualified to represent Canada at official state functions, both in Canada and abroad.

History of the speakership

The role of the Speaker in the Senate was originally based on that of the Lord Chancellor in the United Kingdom. In keeping with the role of the Lord Chancellor, the Speaker of the Senate was expected to be partisan; they would, at all times, have the right to leave the chair, to participate in debates, and to hold an original...
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