Gathering attracts Speakers from member nations
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North Bay, Ontario, Sept. 7, 2017 — Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, is in Italy this week to take part in the 15th G7 Speakers’ Conference.
The meeting of parliamentary representatives from Group of Seven nations and the European Parliament takes place over three days in Rome and Naples beginning Thursday.
Whether it is the House of Commons or the German Bundestag, a speaker serves as a presiding officer during legislative sittings and debates. It is his or her role to ensure that rules, procedures and protocols are upheld, and maintain decorum. The speaker also generally represents his or her respective legislative assembly in the public sphere.
As well as his MP role, Mr. Rota is the assistant deputy speaker of the House of Commons. He was appointed to the post at the start of the current sitting, the 42nd Canadian Parliament, in Dec. 2015.
Mr. Rota is attending the G7 gathering on behalf of the Honourable Geoff Regan, 36th Speaker of the House of Commons.
Mr. Rota will deliver a speech to delegates during a conference session at Palazzo Montecitorio, the seat of Italy’s Camera dei Deputati (Chamber of Deputies) in Rome. His topic will be “The Role of Parliaments in Combatting Inequalities and in Building Inclusive Societies in G7 Countries.”
He is also among conference attendees who have been invited to an official lunch hosted by Sergio Mattarella, President of the Republic of Italy, at Villa Rosebury in Naples. The seaside estate is one of three official presidential residences.
The Group of 7 members consist of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Canada will host the G7 Summit in 2018 in Charlevoix, Quebec.
“I am pleased to attend this event on behalf of the Honourable Geoff Regan and have the opportunity to be among such an esteemed group of parliamentary representatives. It is an honour to take part in the official conference program and share Canada’s experiences in continuing to build a country based on the values of respect, equality and inclusion. We look forward to working with other G7 members on these important issues, and developing policies that will improve inclusion within all our societies.”
Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming
Office of MP Anthony Rota