Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookie Winnipeg MP Withdraws from Speaker Race Following Comments at Meeting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookie Winnipeg MP Withdraws from Speaker Race Following Comments at Meeting

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Comments prompt MP to exit Speaker race

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WINNIPEG - A Liberal member of Parliament who was vying for the Speaker's chair has dropped out of the race following comments he made at a town hall meeting in his Winnipeg riding.

Robert-Falcon Ouellette told constituents at the event on Saturday that former Speakers told him the job allows for "great influence" with the prime minister.

Ouellette said they told him that if Speakers have an issue in their ridings which require funding or action, they can call the prime minister to their chair.

He also said Speakers have influence because they control debate, and prime ministers want to keep them happy.

In a statement Sunday, Falcon says he's withdrawing his name from consideration as Speaker and regrets any impression he gave of the job during the meeting. …

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