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Liberal Ontario MP Anthony Rota


A tale of two speakers, revisited

Late last month, speakers of both the US and Canadian legislatures were facing the possible end of their tenures. In Canada, Anthony Rota resigned after welcoming a Ukrainian veteran who fought with a Nazi SS division to the House of Commons. Around the same time, in the US, Rep. Kevin McCarthy lost his fight to hold onto the gavel after a handful of far-right Republicans turned on him, and Democrats joined them.
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House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., is seen on Capitol Hill as House Republicans have decided to nominate Scalise for Speaker of the House on Oct. 11, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

Craig Hudson-USA TODAY via Reuters

Will Republican rebels allow Scalise to hit 217?

House Republicans, voting by secret ballot on Wednesday, chose Steve Scalise of Louisiana by a vote of 113-99 over Jim Jordan of Ohio.
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