Geoff Regan

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The Honourable
Geoff Regan
Speaker Geoff Regan 2016.jpg
36th Speaker of the House of Commons
Assumed office
3 December 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by Andrew Scheer
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
In office
12 December 2003 – 5 February 2006
Prime Minister Paul Martin
Preceded by Robert Thibault
Succeeded by Loyola Hearn
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Halifax West
Assumed office
27 November 2000
Preceded by Gordon Earle
In office
25 October 1993 – 2 June 1997
Preceded by Howard Crosby
Succeeded by Gordon Earle
Personal details
Born Geoffrey Paul Regan
(1959-11-22) November 22, 1959 (age 58)
Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political party Liberal
Kelly Regan (m. 1993)
Residence Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Profession Lawyer

Geoffrey Paul "Geoff" Regan PC MP (born 22 November 1959) is a Canadian politician, member of parliament for Halifax West and the current Speaker of the House of Commons. Under Paul Martin, he was Minister of Fisheries and Oceans from 2003 to 2006.

Early life and career

Regan was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Regan is the son of Gerald Regan, a former Premier of Nova Scotia and Cabinet Minister under Pierre Trudeau, and Carole Harrison, the daughter of John Harrison, a Member of Parliament from Saskatchewan.[1] Two of his sisters are also well-known: Nancy Regan was a well-known local television personality with ATV, Laura Regan is an actress.[citation needed]

Regan graduated from Sackville High School in 1977 and then earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University in 1980. Following university, Regan went on to earn a law degree from Dalhousie University, graduating in 1983. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 1984 and practiced real estate and commercial law before entering public life.

Regan was a member of Toastmasters for almost ten years, in the late 1980s to early 1990s.[2]

Federal politics

Regan was first elected to the House of Commons as part of the Liberal landslide victory in the 1993 federal election under Jean Chrétien.[1][3] He was defeated in the 1997 election by NDP candidate Gordon Earle, mainly because of the federal government's changes to employment insurance.[1][4]

After regaining his seat in the 2000 federal election, Regan was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, a position then held by Don Boudria.[1][5] In 2003, Paul Martin appointed him as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.[1]

Regan was the Regional Minister for Nova Scotia in the newly formed government of Paul Martin, sworn in on December 12, 2003. Regan was re-elected in the 2004 federal election.[6] He would keep position in cabinet in Martin’s minority government. In February 2004, Regan was appointed to act as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, in matters related to Maher Arar.

In opposition

Regan with Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff during the 2011 federal election campaign

Upon the defeat of the Liberal government in the 2006 election, he was appointed by Bill Graham, Interim Leader of the Official Opposition, to the shadow cabinet as the Official Opposition Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development. During his time as critic, Regan introduced a private members’ bill to expand Canada Access Grants for disabled and low income students. In January 2007, he was appointed to the newly created Liberal Priorities and Planning Committee, which was chaired by then Liberal Opposition Leader Stéphane Dion. In March 2008, Regan was named Chair of the Caucus Committee on Environmental Sustainability. Regan also served as Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

Regan was re-elected in 2008, and 2011 federal elections,[7] despite significant Liberal losses in both. Regan won his seat by a few percentage points in the latter election as the Liberals finished in third place.[1] Under the leadership of Stephane Dion, Regan served as Opposition Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development. Under Michael Ignatieff, Regan served as Liberal Critic for Natural Resources, and later, Public Works and Government Services and also as the Liberal Natural Resources Critic under leader Justin Trudeau and the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

Speaker of the House of Commons

Regan in 2008.

Regan was re-elected in the 2015 federal election with 68% of the vote as the Liberal party swept all 32 Atlantic Canada seats and formed a majority government.[1] On December 2, 2015, Regan was selected as Speaker of the House of Commons in secret ballot by members of the 42nd Parliament over Liberal candidates Denis Paradis, Yasmin Ratansi and Conservative Bruce Stanton.[1] Regan won on the first ballot and is the first speaker from Atlantic Canada in over a hundred years.[8]

Awards and honours

  • Metro Food Bank Society Community Leadership Award (1992)
  • Halifax Board of Trade Certificate of Merit (1992)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Appointed member of the Queens’s Privy Council for Canada (2003)
  • Elisabeth Mann Borgese Medal (2005) The International Ocean Institute awarded Regan then Minister of Fisheries and Oceans for his "exemplary leadership in the field of Ocean Governance."
  • Lebanese Community Recognition Award (2008)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)

Personal life

Regan's wife, Kelly Regan, is a provincial MLA and Liberal cabinet minister in Nova Scotia.[1]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Geoff Regan 34,377 68.65 +31.38
Conservative Michael McGinnis 7,837 15.65 –14.53
New Democratic Joanne Hussey 5,894 11.77 –16.68
Green Richard Henryk Zurawski 1,971 3.94 –0.16
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,079 100.0     $201,968.89
Total rejected ballots 181 0.36 –0.17
Turnout 50,260 71.71 +9.37
Eligible voters 70,089
Liberal hold Swing +22.96
Source: Elections Canada[9][10]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Geoff Regan 16,230 35.92 -5.64 $61,795.88
Conservative Bruce Pretty 13,782 30.50 +9.37 $51,236.29
New Democratic Gregor Ash 13,239 29.30 -0.30 $42,761.72
Green Thomas Trappenberg 1,931 4.27 -2.81 $860.31
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,182 100.0     $84,619.08
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 239 0.53 +0.16
Turnout 45,421 62.34 +3.21
Eligible voters 72,862
Liberal hold Swing -7.47
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Geoff Regan 17,129 41.56 -7.80 $50,515.55
New Democratic Tamara Lorincz 12,201 29.60 +5.17 $25,480.72
Conservative Rakesh Khosla 8,708 21.13 -1.91 $29,390.36
Green Michael Munday 2,920 7.08 +3.90 $2,823.08
Christian Heritage Trevor Ennis 257 0.62 $123.50
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,215 100.0     $81,056
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 154 0.37 +0.04
Turnout 41,369 59.13 -3.92
Eligible voters 69,960
Liberal hold Swing -6.48
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Geoff Regan 21,818 49.36 +1.86 $54,533.58
New Democratic Alan Hill 10,798 24.43 -3.52 $15,656.30
Conservative Rakesh Khosla 10,184 23.04 +2.10 $46,536.45
Green Thomas Trappenberg 1,406 3.18 -0.43 $642.68
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,206 100.0     $75,552
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 147 0.33 -0.02
Turnout 44,353 63.05 -0.46
Eligible voters 70,349
Liberal hold Swing +2.69
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Geoff Regan 19,083 47.50 +6.55 $60,896.27
New Democratic Bill Carr 11,228 27.95 -0.12 $33,350.95
Conservative Ken MacPhee 8,413 20.94 -9.26 $32,442.47
Green Martin Willison 1,452 3.61 $1,152.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 40,176 100.0     $71,525
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 141 0.35
Turnout 40,317 63.51 +3.64
Eligible voters 63,479
Liberal notional hold Swing +3.34
Changes from 2000 are based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Geoff Regan 18,327 39.21 +8.32
New Democratic Gordon Earle 14,016 29.99 -4.64
Progressive Conservative Charles Cirtwill 9,701 20.76 -2.70
Alliance Hilda Stevens 4,531 9.70 -0.77
Marxist–Leninist Tony Seed 160 0.34 +0.19
Total valid votes 46,735 100.00
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +6.48
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Gordon Earle 16,013 34.63 +26.23
Liberal Geoff Regan 14,284 30.89 -14.73
Progressive Conservative Heather Foley 10,848 23.46 -0.29
Reform Stephen Oickle 4,843 10.47 -8.93
Natural Law John Runkle 179 0.39 -0.42
Marxist–Leninist Gary Zatzman 70 0.15
Total valid votes 46,237 100.00
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +20.48
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Geoff Regan 26 904 45.62 +7.01
Progressive Conservative Joel Matheson 14 005 23.75 -21.00
Reform Jim Donohue 11,439 19.40
New Democratic Sheila Richardson 4,952 8.40 -7.85
National Kirby Judge 1,201 2.04
Natural Law Bernard Gormley 475 0.81
Total valid votes 58,976 100.00
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +14.01


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Meet Geoff Regan, the new Speaker of the House of Commons". Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  2. ^ "Meet Geoff Regan, Canada's Speaker of the House of Commons". The Toastmaster (August 2016): 16–19. Retrieved 2 September 2016. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Atlantic region hands Liberals near-clean sweep". The Chronicle Herald. October 26, 1993. Archived from the original on November 21, 2001. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  4. ^ "NDP's Earle becomes first Black MP for N.S." The Chronicle Herald. June 3, 1997. Archived from the original on May 22, 2001. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  5. ^ "Halifax West's Regan 'delighted' to be back". The Chronicle Herald. November 28, 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  6. ^ "Geoff Regan: 'What a thrill'". The Chronicle Herald. June 29, 2004. Archived from the original on September 6, 2005. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  7. ^ "Regan holds Halifax West for Liberals". CBC News. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  8. ^ "Geoff Regan elected House Speaker as 42nd Parliament opens". Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  9. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Halifax West (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  10. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Elections Canada – Official voting results, Forty-first general election, 2011
  12. ^ Elections Canada – Candidate's electoral campaign return, 41st general election

External links

  • Official website
  • Geoff Regan – Parliament of Canada biography
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Preceded by
Howard Edward Crosby
Member of Parliament for Halifax West
Succeeded by
Gordon Earle
Preceded by
Gordon Earle
Member of Parliament for Halifax West
Preceded by
Andrew Scheer
Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada
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Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Succeeded by
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