Andrew Scheer

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The Honourable
Andrew Scheer
MP
35th Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 2, 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General David Johnston
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Peter Milliken
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Regina—Qu'Appelle
Incumbent
Assumed office
2004
Preceded by Lorne Nystrom
Personal details
Born (1979-05-20) May 20, 1979 (age 35)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jill Scheer
Children 4 (Thomas, Grace, Madeline, and Henry)
Residence Regina, Saskatchewan
Profession MP's personal assistant, Insurance broker
Religion Roman Catholic

Andrew Scheer (born May 20, 1979) is a Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) and the Speaker of the House of Commons. At age 32, he became the youngest person to serve in this capacity in Canadian parliamentary history.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Scheer was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He graduated from Immaculata High School and studied history and politics at the University of Ottawa. While attending university, Scheer worked in the correspondence department of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition (OLO). He moved to Regina after meeting his future wife Jill in university and finished his BA at the University of Regina. Instead of returning to Ottawa, Scheer worked at Shenher Insurance for six months before joining the constituency office of Canadian Alliance MP Larry Spencer in Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre.

Entrance to elected politics[edit]

Scheer was elected as a Conservative candidate in the 2004 elections in the riding of Regina—Qu'Appelle, beating New Democratic Party MP Lorne Nystrom by 861 votes. At the time Nystrom was the longest-serving member of the House of Commons. He was re-elected in the 2006 elections, once again defeating Nystrom – this time by a margin of 2,740 votes.

In April 2006, Scheer was named Assistant Deputy Chairman of Committees of the Whole, one of three deputy speakers and one of the youngest Members of Parliament to serve in that role in Commonwealth history. On November 21, 2008, he was named Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons & Chairman of Committees of the Whole,[2] succeeding New Democrat MP Bill Blaikie.

Speaker of the House of Commons[edit]

When the Conservative Party won a majority at the 2011 federal election, Scheer's experience as Deputy Speaker led many to consider him the front-runner to be elected Speaker of the House of Commons.[3][4] On June 2, 2011, Scheer defeated Denise Savoie in the sixth round of balloting; he was the last of five Conservative candidates, with Savoie the lone opposition candidate and only woman. Scheer became the youngest House Speaker in Canadian history[1] and the first speaker to represent a Saskatchewan riding.

Scheer was one of thirteen Canadians banned from traveling to Russia under retaliatory sanctions imposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March 2014.[5]

Family[edit]

Andrew Scheer is married to Jill. They have four children: Thomas, Grace, Madeline and Henry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MPs elect youngest Speaker". CBC News. June 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Journal of the House of Commons of Canada, November 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "Health-care talks with provinces should top Harper’s list, poll finds". Globe and Mail. June 2, 2011. "Others on that list [of candidates for Speaker] – Saskatchewan Tory MP and perceived frontrunner Andrew Scheer [...]" 
  4. ^ "NDP MP aims to be second female speaker in history". National Post. May 21, 2011. "It's widely speculated, however, that a Conservative is going to get the position, and Andrew Scheer, who has served as assistant deputy Speaker and deputy Speaker for more than five years, is considered the frontrunner." 
  5. ^ Susana Mas (March 24, 2013). "Russian sanctions against Canadians a 'badge of honour'". CBC News. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Peter Milliken
Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada
2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Bill Blaikie
Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Denise Savoie