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Finder[/i]]Paradox I understand what you are saying but like the last time we got into this debate and you said unless the conservatives got a magority the Liberals would still get the first chance to form the next government I was always on the other side saying the conservatives would if they had more seats and they did. Agains I'd state it would be up to the speaker to decide how he would vote and since I believe we have not had a speaker ever from an opisition party, it would be very interesting to see how he would vote.
, we have had Speakers from opposition parties before. They're nowhere near as common as Speakers² from the Government, but it has indeed happened. And yes, the incumbent Government has the right to attempt to secure the support of the House; the Right Honourable Paul Martin
, the Member for LaSalle—Émard
decided not to seak his right to do so, and so it was not considered. Yes, as I mentioned above, the Speaker does
have the right to vote as he sees appropriate; however, they do not do so (never since Confederation), because it would breach their non-partisan status. We have
been in this situation before.
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Finder[/i]]Javert I think your fooling yourself again to think the presidance stands blindly when we have never had this happen before.
The precedents are there.
I would urge you to review the House of Commons Procedure and Practice
, by Marleau
; I think that Chapter 7 (perhaps Chapter 8)¹ is the chapter on the Speakership. It's on the Parliament of Canada
Web site, a link on the right-hand-side, here (external - login to view)
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