Greg Fergus has become Canada’s first Black Speaker of the House of Commons, following the resignation of Anthony Rota. Rota stepped down after controversy surrounding his honoring of a man with ties to a Nazi military unit during World War II. Fergus was elected through a secret ballot and emphasized his commitment to leading with respect and encouraging mutual respect among lawmakers. He acknowledged the scrutiny from Canadians and emphasized the importance of setting a positive example in Parliament. This historic appointment reflects a significant step towards greater diversity and inclusivity in Canadian politics. Greg is a long-time inspiring advocate for People of African Descent in Canada. He co-chaired the Parliamentary Black Caucus and was head of the Liberal Black Caucus for many years leading to government policies beneficial to Black communities.
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