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The House of Commons: Report to Canadians 2011

Message from the Speaker

Photo of Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons

I would like to begin by thanking and congratulating my predecessor, the Honourable Peter Milliken, who served Parliament in an exemplary way throughout his historic tenure in his role as Speaker of the House. I am extremely proud to have been elected Speaker, and look forward to carrying out the duties of the position in the interest of all Canadians.

This Report to Canadians provides an important glimpse into the workings of the House of Commons and the activities both of Members and the House Administration that supports them. The theme, “Our House,” is an acknowledgement that every Canadian shares in what transpires here: in the Chamber, in committee and caucus meetings, and beyond the Parliamentary Precinct in every constituency across the country.

This report also sheds light on the important relationship between the activities of Members and those of the House Administration: Members carry out the business of the nation and the House Administration supports them in that work in a myriad of ways—sustaining the operations, traditions and history of the Canadian Parliament by providing an accessible, secure, safe and functional environment for Members, employees and visitors.

I look forward to working with my fellow Members and the dedicated team within the House Administration to serve Canadians well and act as responsible stewards of this significant institution, our House.

Andrew Scheer, M.P.
Speaker of the House of Commons

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