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Friday, June 25, 2010

House Speaker & Liberal MP Peter Milliken WON'T RUN in next election

This is HUGE... add another one to the seat count for the Tories. We've been closing the gap with each election, so perhaps he simply saw the writing on the wall and decided to go out on his own timetable.
Commons Speaker Milliken won't run again
Friday, June 25, 2010 | 4:02 PM ET
CBC News

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.
Peter Milliken has been Speaker of the House of Commons since 2001.Peter Milliken has been Speaker of the House of Commons since 2001. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)

"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.

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  • At Fri Jun 25, 05:01:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger maryT said…

    2012, that is a long way off of this fall, that Weston is predicting.
    OT, haven't been watching ctv or global, but every few minutes the cbc is talking about the protests. Why are they so encouraging of these idiots. What if they or no one covered these idiots with weird hairdos, piercings and outfits marching thru the streets. Some mothers must be so proud of their offspring.

  • At Fri Jun 25, 05:11:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Perhaps he is going to be named our next GG?


  • At Fri Jun 25, 07:47:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Here in Montreal they are showing on the news the dummies from Concordia University who are filling three buses to drive to Toronto for the summit. More buses are promised.

  • At Fri Jun 25, 10:28:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Top Can said…

    Read my blog post on this subject:

    Not a lot of enthusiasm for a Milliken appointment as GG. And yes, Kingston just became a Toss Up riding, but I suspect it will probably go Tory.

  • At Sat Jun 26, 01:32:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger The_Iceman said…

    Do you think the Liberals would be upset if John Baird were named Speaker?

  • At Sat Jun 26, 03:03:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger L said…

    Has the Speaker been offered GG? He would be good.

  • At Sat Jun 26, 08:58:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger maryT said…

    Milliken will remain speaker until the writ is dropped for the next election. He will not resign to cause a by-election.
    Wonder how much the threat of an audit of his expenses has to do with his resignation.

  • At Sat Jun 26, 12:32:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger maryT said…

    Wonder if the upcoming audit of his expenses and the expenses of the internal board, or whatever it is called, has to do with his sudden decision not to stand for re-election.

  • At Sat Jun 26, 10:38:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Millikan has about as good a chance at being appointed GG as Danny Williams, which is zero.

    If he were to resign early he would cause two byelections, one for MP and the other for speaker.

  • At Mon Jun 28, 09:43:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Emily Dee said…

    I live in Kingston and Peter Milliken had been suggesting that he would not run in another election as far back as two years ago. He's 64 and I think he's just had enough.

    Brian Abrams is the Cons candidate here and he has not proven to be very effective. The prison farms are a big issue and he refuses to come to any of the meetings.

    If the Liberals don't find a suitable replacement, the NDP may have a shot. Their rep, Beals, is very visible and very involved.

    People like him and there is a buzz. The prison farms will definitely be an election issue.

    Sir John A. is a hometown boy and Kingstonians know that his party is dead and buried. With no 'Tory' party now, it may be time to give the NDP a chance.


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