Compete for the right to speak and you may get it, Speaker tells MPs

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OTTAWA – The Speaker of the House of Commons has cleared the way for a bit of free-for-all politicking prior to the daily question period.

Andrew Scheer has told MPs if they want to deliver a member’s statement in the House and aren’t on a party-approved list, they’d better get up on their feet and compete for a chance to be heard.

Tuesday’s ruling could well mean MPs might soon be seen bobbing up from their seats trying to catch Scheer’s eye in order to get the floor.

The decision, intended to settle a dispute that pitted backbench Conservative MPs against their party’s tight control over who can speak prior to question period, Scheer said members need only rise to signal their intent.

“If members want to be recognized, they will have to actively demonstrate that they wish to participate,” he said. “They have to rise in their places and…

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