The House of Commons elects Greg Fergus as next Speaker

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OTTAWA — Liberal member of Parliament Greg Fergus has been elected the House of Commons Speaker in a historic mid-session vote.

Fergus, 54, was first elected in the riding of Hull-Aylmer in 2015.

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As is tradition, the new Speaker was “dragged” to the chair in the House of Commons by the prime minister and Opposition leader today after votes were counted.

MPs gave Fergus a standing ovation, and members of the Liberal, NDP and Bloc Quebecois caucuses — along with a small number of Conservative MPs — shook his hand and hugged him as he was announced the winner.

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