The in-house method of choosing the Speaker is of little interest to the broad Canadian public. That’s a pity because the ranked preferential ballot could fix one of the major problems in Canada’s modern, fragmented democracy.
The Senate's Usher of the Black Rod J. Greg Peters, pictured Dec. 5, 2019, outside the House Chamber. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—The ranked preferential ballot is how we ended up with a new House Speaker last week.
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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'