It may surprise you to know that, in spite of his title, the Speaker of the House of Commons is rarely given the opportunity to speak. The title of Speaker derives from his duty to speak outside the Chamber on behalf of all Members, not from his role inside the Chamber.
However, outside the House of Commons, the Speaker is often asked to address different groups on a variety of topics. As Speaker, Mr. Regan welcomes incoming foreign dignitaries, speaks to fellow parliamentarians leading parliamentary delegations to other countries, and meets with Canadian and international business people, both at home and abroad. He visits schools to speak to students, and regularly returns to his riding to inform his constituents about various issues, often through events such as Let’s Talk town hall meetings in his riding. Since he was first elected as a Member, Speaker Regan has held hundreds of these events.
This page will present a selection of speeches delivered by the Speaker since his election in December 2015.