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Deputy Speakers

Because of the duration of daily meetings of the House, it is not possible for the Speaker himself to preside over the proceedings from 'gavel-to-gavel'. As a result, both the Legislative Assembly Act and the Standing Orders permit the House to elect from among its own membership, a number of deputy presiding officers who fulfill the role of Speaker, on his behalf, when he cannot be in the Chamber.

Currently, the Ontario Legislature has 4 such deputies.

Each of these deputies, in order of precedence, has all of the procedural authority of the Speaker when they are acting in his place.

The Deputy Speaker and Chair of the Committee of the Whole House is Bas Balkissoon, MPP.

Bas Balkissoon, MPP for Scarborough–Rouge River. Deputy Speaker and Chair of the Committee of the Whole House


The First Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House is Ted Arnott, MPP.

Ted Arnott, MPP for Wellington–Halton Hills. First Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House


The Second Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House is Julia Munro, MPP.

Julia Munro, MPP for York–Simcoe. Second Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House.


The Third Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House is Paul Miller, MPP.

Paul Miller, MPP for Hamilton East–Stoney Creek. Third Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House.