Speaker of the House of Commons to Talk at Trent November 12


The Honourable Peter Milliken to Deliver Free Public Lecture

Monday, November 9, 2009, Peterborough

The Honourable Peter Milliken, speaker of the House of Commons and MP for Kingston and the Islands, will deliver a free, public lecture at Trent University on Thursday, November 12 at 11 a.m. in Lady Eaton College, Room 201.

"We are very pleased to have The Honourable Peter Milliken give a lecture in one of our classes and also to give a public lecture to the larger Trent community,” said Dr. Feyzi Baban, chair of the Department of Politics. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students who are interested in Canadian Politics and for other members of the Trent community to learn more about the Parliament.”

Mr. Milliken was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. He was educated at Queen's, Oxford, and Dalhousie Universities. In 1973, he was called to the bar of Ontario and enrolled as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ontario. Mr. Milliken was a partner in a Kingston law firm from 1973 until 1988 before his election to Parliament.

First elected to the House of Commons in 1988 as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, Mr. Milliken was re-elected in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. He held several positions including, in opposition, party critic for Election Reform and associate critic for Seniors, assistant party house leader (House Business), vice-chairman of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and member of the Standing Committee on House Management. In government, Mr. Milliken served as parliamentary secretary to the Government House Leader, chairman of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and co-chair of the Special Joint Committee on a Code of Conduct. In 1996, he was named deputy chairman of Committees of the Whole House. In 1997, Mr. Milliken was appointed deputy speaker of the House and chairman of the Committees of the Whole House. In January 2001, he was elected 34th speaker of the House of Commons. He is the third speaker in history to be chosen by a secret ballot cast by his fellow members of the House of Commons. In June 2004, he was re-elected member for Kingston and the Islands, and later that year, he was acclaimed speaker of the House of Commons. Mr. Milliken was then re-elected as speaker in April 2006, and again in November 2008. He is also the chair of the Board of Internal Economy.

This public lecture is presented by Trent University’s Department of Politics with support from the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.


Interview Opportunity
Directly following the public lecture at 12 noon, there will be an opportunity for the media to conduct interviews with The Honourable Peter Milliken.  

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Feyzi Baban, Chair, Department of Politics, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6001