OTTAWA, Jan 30, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Pro-life Canadians and opposition politicians are hoping for fairness despite the strong pro-abortion stand of newly selected House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken. Milliken, a Liberal MP from Kingston, Ontario has frequently made known his position in favour of abortion on demand. Campaign Life Coalition records on Milliken indicate that his pro-abortion position has been constant from 1988 to the present.
The speaker is supposed to be completely neutral and non-partisan in his rulings, but during the last two parliaments opposition parties protested alleged pro-government bias from the speaker’s chair. The vote for the new speaker was accompanied by strong calls by some MPs for parliamentary reforms to ensure that most elected MPs were no longer deprived of a meaningful role in government by the Prime Minister and his small inner circle.
See a Citizen report on Milliken’s selection as Speaker: https://www.ottawacitizen.com/national/010130/5087567.html