Anthony Rota

Anthony Rota MP (born May 15, 1961) is a Canadian politician who is the 37th and current speaker of the House of Commons of Canada since 2019. A member of the Liberal Party, he currently serves as the member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Nipissing—Timiskaming. He previously represented Nipissing—Timiskaming as MP from 2004 to 2011. In 2019, he was elected by the House of Commons to be the speaker in the 43rd Parliament and in 2021 was re-elected in the 44th Parliament.

Anthony Rota
Anthony Rota in 2019.jpg
37th Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada
Assumed office
December 5, 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor General
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byGeoff Regan
Member of Parliament
for Nipissing—Timiskaming
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byJay Aspin
In office
June 28, 2004 – May 2, 2011
Preceded byBob Wood
Succeeded byJay Aspin
Chairman of the COVID-19 Committee
In office
April 20, 2020 – June 18, 2020
Preceded byOffice Established
Succeeded byOffice de-established
Personal details
Born (1961-05-15) May 15, 1961 (age 61)
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Chantal Piché-Rota
ChildrenSamantha
Residence(s)North Bay, Ontario
ProfessionAdministrator, Business advisor

Early life and careerEdit

Born in North Bay, Ontario, Rota holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University, a diploma in finance from Algonquin College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa.

Prior to his election, Rota worked for the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) as regional manager for Ontario. He has also served with the Canadian Technology Network in Ottawa and has worked in the private sector. Rota is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish. He is a political science sessional lecturer at Nipissing University.

Political careerEdit

Rota began his political career at the municipal level, serving as a city councillor for North Bay City Council and chairing the city's planning and economic development committee. He won the federal Liberal nomination for Nipissing—Timiskaming in early 2004, defeating rival candidates Susan Church, Hugh McLachlan and Joe Sinicrope with 52% on the second ballot. In the general election held in June of that year, he narrowly defeated Conservative candidate Al McDonald.

Rota was re-elected in the 2006 election, defeating the Conservative Party's Peter Chirico, the NDP's Dave Fluri, and the Green Party's Meg Purdy. In the 2008 election, he was again re-elected. He served as the Liberal Party caucus chair, and as critic for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario.

He ran again in the 2011 election but lost by just 14 votes to Jay Aspin of the Conservative Party.[1] Due to the narrow margin, however, an automatic judicial recount was required, confirming the margin at 18 votes.[2] After his 2011 loss, Rota began teaching at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.

In the 2015 election, he was again the Liberal candidate, defeating Aspin and once again becoming the MP in the 42nd Canadian Parliament.[3] On December 9, 2015, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole.

Rota was re-elected in the 2019 election.[4] He was also elected as 37th speaker of the House of Commons on December 5, 2019, by winning a ranked ballot between himself, Joël Godin, Carol Hughes, Geoff Regan (the speaker during the previous Parliament) and Bruce Stanton.[5] Following Rota's win, the Conservatives said that he had them to thank for his new position. They had made the decision to unseat Regan as a show of strength during a caucus meeting. They did so by ranking Regan further down on the ranked ballot.[6][7]

On June 17, 2020, Rota ordered that NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh be removed from the House of Commons after referring to Bloc Québécois MP Alain Therrien as a racist.[8]

On November 22, 2021, Rota was re-elected as the speaker of the House of Commons.[9]

Electoral recordEdit

2021 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Anthony Rota 18,405 38.8 -1.8
Conservative Steven Trahan 15,104 31.8 +4.8
New Democratic Scott Robertson 10,493 22.1 +1.6
People's Gregory J. Galante 3,494 7.4 +2.2
Total valid votes 47,496
Total rejected ballots 337
Turnout 47,833 63.20
Eligible voters 75,689
Source: Elections Canada[10]
2019 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Anthony Rota 19,352 40.55 -11.33 $105,794.62
Conservative Jordy Carr 12,984 27.20 -2.10 $86,210.82
New Democratic Rob Boulet 9,784 20.50 +4.26 $8,883.76
Green Alex Gomm 3,111 6.52 +3.95 none listed
People's Mark King 2,496 5.23 n/a $24,007.08
Total valid votes/expense limit 47,727 99.15
Total rejected ballots 407 0.85 +0.39
Turnout 48,134 64.13 -4.17
Eligible voters 75,052
Liberal hold Swing -4.61
Source: Elections Canada[11][12]
2015 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Anthony Rota 25,357 51.9 +15.41
Conservative Jay Aspin 14,325 29.3 −7.11
New Democratic Kathleen Jodouin 7,936 16.2 −4.93
Green Nicole Peltier 1,257 2.6 −3.37
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,875 100.0     $217,533.50
Total rejected ballots 224 0.45 −0.05
Turnout 49,099 69.32 +8.82
Eligible voters 70,820
Liberal notional hold Swing +11.26
Source: Elections Canada[13][14]
2011 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Jay Aspin 15,495 36.7 +4.4
Liberal Anthony Rota 15,477 36.6 −8.0
New Democratic Rona Eckert 8,781 20.8 +5.0
Green Scott Daley 2,518 6.0 −0.8
Total valid votes/Expense limit 42,271 100.0
Total rejected ballots 225 0.5 +0.1
Turnout 42,496 60.5 +6.8
Eligible voters 70,244
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +6.2
This vote was subject to mandatory recount because of the margin of win being less than 1/1000 of the total votes.
2008 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Anthony Rota 18,510 44.6 –0.1 $77,997
Conservative Joe Sinicrope 13,432 32.3 –2.2 $81,801
New Democratic Dianna Allen 6,582 15.8 –1.5 $8,409
Green Craig Bridges 2,808 6.8 +3.3 $10,803
Canadian Action Andrew Moulden 204 0.5
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,536 100.0 $87,383
Total rejected ballots 167 0.4 0.0
Turnout 41,703 ~58.2 −9.4
Liberal hold Swing +2.1
2006 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Anthony Rota 21,393 44.7 +2.4
Conservative Peter Chirico 16,511 34.5 –2.6
New Democratic Dave Fluri 8,268 17.3 +0.3
Green Meg Purdy 1,698 3.5 +0.4
Total valid votes 47,870 100.0
Total rejected ballots 211 0.4 −0.1
Turnout 48,081 67.6 +5.2
Liberal hold Swing +2.5
2004 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Anthony Rota 18,254 42.3
Conservative Al McDonald 16,001 37.1
New Democratic Dave Fluri 7,354 17.0
Green Les Wilcox 1,329 3.1
Canadian Action Ross MacLean 204 0.5
Total valid votes 43,142 100.0
Total rejected ballots 222 0.5
Turnout 43,364 62.4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sudbury-area voters part of orange wave". Sudbury Star, May 2, 2011.
  2. ^ "Official recounts triggered in two Ontario ridings" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. The Globe and Mail, May 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "2015 Federal Election Results".
  4. ^ Taschner, Eric (October 22, 2019). "Incumbent Anthony Rota re-elected for 5th term". CTV News. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Tunney, Catharine; Zimonjic, Peter; Harris, Kathleen (December 5, 2019). "Liberal MP Anthony Rota elected Speaker of the House of Commons". CBC News. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Liberal MP Anthony Rota elected Speaker. You're welcome, Conservatives say". National Post. December 5, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Liberal MP Anthony Rota upsets Regan to become Speaker in minority Parliament". Burnaby Now. December 5, 2019. Archived from the original on December 5, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Liberal MP Anthony Rota Boots NDP from House".
  9. ^ Pirro, Raphaël (November 22, 2021). "Anthony Rota réélu comme président de la Chambre des communes". TVA Nouvelles.
  10. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  11. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  12. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  13. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Nipissing—Timiskaming, 30 September 2015
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine

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