Friday, June 25, 2010

CBC: Milliken to forgo re-election

Peter Milliken has been Speaker of the House of Commons since  2001.

Peter Milliken, Speaker of the House of Commons longer than anyone else in parliamentary history, won't run for re-election, CBC News has learned.

Milliken was first elected in 1988 as a Liberal and has been the Commons Speaker since 2001.

"He's made the decision that he's not going to run again in the next election, which could foreseeably be as far off as 2012," the CBC's Rosemary Barton reported.

Barton said the 63-year-old Milliken is expected to announce his decision in his riding Saturday. He represents Kingston and the Islands.

It's a big loss for not only the Liberals and the House of Commons, but for Canada as well. Milliken has been an invaluable fixture on the federal scene for as long as I've been following politics, and whoever replaces him will have very big shoes to fill.

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