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from the Speaker

Photo of Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons

As Speaker of the House of Commons, I am proud to present the Report to Canadians 2012. Much of this report focuses on the extraordinarily busy days in May 2011 between the conclusion of Canada’s 40th Parliament and the beginning of the new Parliament on June 2, 2011.

The transition from one Parliament to the next is always a complex undertaking. Last year we saw 111 new Members take their place on Parliament Hill. The House Administration was active and effective in ensuring they—and all Members—were ready for business as Canada’s 41st Parliament got underway, providing the practical and procedural support they needed to prepare for their duties in the Chamber, during committee and caucus meetings, and in their constituencies across our great country. On behalf of all Members of the House of Commons, I want to thank the House Administration for its hard work and dedication.

I was honoured to be elected Speaker in June 2011, following in the footsteps of the Honourable Peter Milliken, the longest-serving Speaker in the history of the country. Since taking on this important role, I have strived to live up to his legacy in everything I do as I carry out my duties in the interest of all Canadians.

As we move forward with the work of the 41st Parliament, I look forward to strengthening my relationships with all Members. We will continue to serve Canadians well while acting as responsible stewards of the history and traditions of this important democratic institution.

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