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New House sergeant-at-arms named, but expert says delay adds to questions over new process

By Laura Ryckewaert      

'I really don’t have a reason why it would have taken that period of time to have this nailed down,' says former sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers on the naming of his successor.

Patrick McDonell, pictured carrying the mace and leading the House Speaker's parade in his role as acting sergeant-at-arms, permanently took over the post on July 1, more than four years after it was vacated in January 2015. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Four years after the position was vacated, the House of Commons finally has a new sergeant-at-arms, with Patrick McDonell, who’d acted in the role since January 2015, stepping in permanently. However, experts question the delay, suggesting improvements are needed to the Liberal government’s appointment system.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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