Today, Her Excellency the Right Honourable MichaŽlle Jean , the Governor General of Canada , summoned the Honourable NoŽl Kinsella to become the Speaker of the Senate ; the appointment takes effect immediately.
The appointment was made on the advice of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper , the Prime Minister of Canada ; on the subject of the appointment, the Prime Minister said "Senator Kinsella is respected on both sides of the Senate as an eminent and experienced parliamentarian and I am confident that he will be an excellent Speaker of the Senate."
Role of the Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the Senate , unlike his counterpart in the House of Commons , has the right to vote on any matter of business before the Chamber (whereas, in the Lower House, the Speaker only casts a vote when the vote is returned to him by the Clerk as an equality); however, as is the case with his counterpart, his primary responsibility is to rule on questions of order and procedure, and to maintain a degree of decorum in the Chamber.
It should be noted, however, that the Senate is far more capable of overruling its Speaker than is true in the Lower Chamber; most decisions of the Speaker, other than those to suspend a sitting due to outbursts or emergencies, can be put before the Chamber by any Senator and vetoed.