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Rota, first Speaker of Italian descent, encourages MPs to break the glass ceiling

By Palak Mangat       

New House Speaker Anthony Rota promises to be fair but firm and he's starting to host regular social gatherings with small groups of MPs across party lines so they can get to know each other on a personal level. He's also going to have a suggestion box, prominently displayed, for MPs to offer their ideas on how to improve House decorum.

Newly elected Speaker Anthony Rota, pictured in his West Block office on Dec. 11, 2019, says, 'It’s important to all Canadians, whose parents have come to Canada as immigrants, [to know] that all positions in government are open to them.' He is Canada's first House Speaker of Italian descent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

When Anthony Rota stood in the House last month to deliver his first remarks as the newly elected House Speaker, he may have caught even himself off guard.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


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