Senator Leo Housakos named Speaker of the Senate
OTTAWA, May 4th, 2015 – Senator Claude Carignan, Leader of the Government in the Senate, extends his heartfelt congratulations to Senator Leo Housakos on his appointment as Speaker of the Senate of Canada.
Senator Housakos has served as Speaker pro tempore since December 4, 2014 when he was elected unanimously by his peers.
“As Speaker pro tempore, Senator Housakos has served with professionalism and a sense of collegiality. He has served with distinction in spite of the difficult circumstances given the state of failing health of Speaker Nolin,” said Senator Carignan.
Expressing the utmost confidence in Senator Housakos as Speaker during these times of change for the Senate, Senator Carignan remarked, “Senator Housakos is very motivated to conduct our efforts to modernize the Senate. Much like his predecessor, he possesses a deep understanding of this institution combined with a vision of a more responsible and accountable Senate.”
In addition to his current committee work as a member of Transport and Communications (TRCM) and Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament (RPRD), Senator Housakos has also been a member of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (AEFA), Agriculture and Forestry (AGFO), Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (ENEV) and Scrutiny of Regulations (joint) (REGS).
Representing the Senatorial district of Wellington, Quebec, Senator Housakos was appointed to the Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008 and took office in early 2009.