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'I don't know why hon. Members keep doing this to me': House Speaker Peter Milliken

The House Chamber was packed to the rafters last Thursday night on an historic spring evening when House Speaker Peter Milliken (Kingston and the Islands, Ont.) cast the first ever tie-breaking confidence vote for a Speaker on the government's budget, giving the Liberals a tight 153 to 152 victory. The Libs and NDP MPs immediately jumped to their feet, roared and applauded as the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois sat looking at them across the aisle. The tension and excitement was palpable, as the sunlight streamed through the stained-glass windows on either side of the House Chamber. But before the House vote, MPs mingled in the Lower Chamber, kibbitzing. The press gallery was jammed with reporters, the public galleries were jammed with people. The NDP MPs stood, clapping and sang, "He's got the whole world in his hands," as Independent MP Chuck Cadman (Surrey North, B.C.) took his seat in the House. Mr. Cadman supported the government on both votes as did Independent MP Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga-Erindale, Ont.).

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'I don't know why hon. Members keep doing this to me': House Speaker Peter Milliken

The House Chamber was packed to the rafters last Thursday night on an historic spring evening when House Speaker Peter Milliken (Kingston and the Islands, Ont.) cast the first ever tie-breaking confidence vote for a Speaker on the government's budget, giving the Liberals a tight 153 to 152 victory. The Libs and NDP MPs immediately jumped to their feet, roared and applauded as the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois sat looking at them across the aisle. The tension and excitement was palpable, as the sunlight streamed through the stained-glass windows on either side of the House Chamber. But before the House vote, MPs mingled in the Lower Chamber, kibbitzing. The press gallery was jammed with reporters, the public galleries were jammed with people. The NDP MPs stood, clapping and sang, "He's got the whole world in his hands," as Independent MP Chuck Cadman (Surrey North, B.C.) took his seat in the House. Mr. Cadman supported the government on both votes as did Independent MP Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga-Erindale, Ont.).

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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