Official Portrait Unveiling
On May 9, 2012, a ceremony honouring former House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken was held in Ottawa. The ceremony included the unveiling of a portrait of Milliken, who served as Speaker from 2001 until his retirement in 2011.
Peter Milliken was first elected to the House of Commons as Liberal MP for Kingston and the Islands (ON) in 1988. He served as Speaker in the House of Commons for 3,776 days, the longest tenure in Canadian history.
He served as Speaker under three different Prime Ministers, and is the first Speaker to preside over four Parliaments, including three minority governments. In May 2005, Milliken was called upon to break a tie vote on a confidence motion, the first time a Speaker was ever called to do so.
Milliken also cast five of the 10 tie-breaking votes by Speakers since 1867.