- Greg Fergus is the first black Canadian parliament speaker.
- He is from the liberal wing, a Liberal Party lawmaker.
- He is welcomed with pride, praise, and clap from a satisfied house.
History was made as Greg Fergus became the first black Canadian Parliament speaker on the 3rd of October 2023.
“The honorable member for Hull-Aylmer has been elected as speaker…” The clerk read as the house broke a historical welcome with clap and praise.
“Today you’re the first Black Canadian to become speaker,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said with pride. He added that this should be inspiring for all Canadians, especially younger generations who want to get involved in politics.
Fate and the win
The previous speaker, Anthony Rota quit over unknowingly inviting a former Nazi soldier to parliament. Second World War veteran fought alongside the Nazis.
It becomes one of the costliest political mistakes!
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Canadians have a dark holocaust history with the Nazis and should never be ignited, at least not at top legislative levels.
The members of the 338-seat House voted for Fergus who came ahead of candidates including fellow Liberal MP Sean Casey, Conservative Chris d’Entremont and Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
Rise and rise of Greg
Greg was born in 1969 from an average teaching family in Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
His father sacrificed and sent him to a private school to avoid inconsistencies caused by teachers strikes.
Greg developed a passion for politics and could follow debates religiously. This will drive him to study political science in the university of Ottawa.
1994 to 1996, he will serve as president of the Young Liberals of Canada, propelling him to the national limelight. Rising ranks, in 2007 he would serve as the national director of the Liberal party that sponsored him to parliament.
He ran for office in 2015 in Hull-Aylmer and won to date that he was voted the first black speaker.
With pride and professional sensitivity, he has been a vocal advocate for the Black community.