Visit to Canada of the Right Honourable Lindsay Hoyle, M.P., Deputy Speaker and
Chairman of Ways and Means of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom

From May 30 to 31, 2016, the Right Honourable Lindsay Hoyle, M.P., Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, visited Ottawa at the invitation of the Honourable Geoff Regan, P.C., M.P., Speaker of the House of Commons. He was accompanied by Mr. Paul Martin, CBE, Parliamentary Security Director, and Ms. Helen Wood, Co-Secretary to the Joint Consultative Panel on Parliamentary Security.

While in Ottawa, the Deputy Speaker held meetings with:

  • The Honourable George J. Furey, Q.C., Speaker of the Senate;
  • The Honourable Geoff Regan, P.C., M.P., Speaker of the House of Commons;
  • The Honourable Andrew Scheer, P.C., M.P., House Leader of the Official Opposition;
  • Mr. Michel Patrice, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel and Chief Parliamentary Precinct Services Officer, Senate, and Mr. Gilles Duguay, Director General of Parliamentary Precinct Services, Senate;
  • Mr. Stephan Aubé, Chief Information Officer, House of Commons, and Mr. Soufiane Ben Moussa, Chief Technology Officer, House of Commons, and Ms. Susan Kulba, Senior Director, Architecture and Long Term Vision Plan Program, House of Commons; and
  • Chief Superintendent Michael Duheme, Director of the Parliamentary Protective Service.

The Deputy Speaker also had two site visits focusing on security issues on the parliamentary precinct as well as the renovation and modernisation of the parliamentary precinct.

The visit to Canada provided an opportunity to strengthen the already strong bilateral relations between the two parliaments. Discussions on parliamentary administrations, security and building renovation planning offered different perspectives on how parliaments operate.