Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Having been an avid student of parliamentary procedure since his teens, Milliken was named assistant House Leader for the opposition Liberals, a rarity for a freshman member as new members are not normally familiar enough with the sometimes archaic practices of parliament.
Following the 1993 election he was named for a two-year term as parliamentary secretary to the House Leader of the new Liberal Government. He and fellow Liberal MP John Godfrey introduced the Godfrey-Milliken Bill in 1996 in response to the U. S. Helms-Burton Act.
Milliken was re-elected for a third term in Canadian federal election, 1997 and was named Deputy Speaker of the House. In 2001, at the first sitting of parliament following the 2000 election, Milliken was elected Speaker by his peers.
He was widely praised by government and opposition parties for his rulings which were considered very fair. He also brought new life to the chair in delivering his rulings and remarks with a sarcastic humour.
Elected for his fifth term as MP in 2004 he was the unanimous choice of his colleagues to be re-elected Speaker.
The contents of this article is licensed from www.wikipedia.org under the GNU Free Documentation License. Click here to see the transparent copy and copyright details