LLD Honoree: The Honourable Peter A. S. Milliken, PC, OC
Former Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, The Honourable Peter Andrew Stewart Milliken, PC, OC, was educated at Queen’s University (BA Hons., Political Science and Economics, 1968), and Oxford University (BA Jurisprudence, 1970) and Dalhousie University (LLB, 1971). He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1973. He will receive an Honorary LLD from the Law Society of Upper Canada on June 22, 2015, in Ottawa.
Milliken practised law with the Kingston law firm now known as Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP from 1973 until 1988, when he was first elected to the House of Commons as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Kingston and the Islands. He was re-elected in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
On January 29, 2001, he was elected 34th Speaker of the House of Commons. He was acclaimed in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008. In 2009, Milliken became the longest-serving Speaker in Canadian history. As Speaker, he was required to make a number of tie-breaking votes and several historic rulings.
In 2010, Milliken announced he would not seek re-election and retired from politics after the 2011 Federal elections.
After his retirement from politics, Milliken joined Queen’s University as a Fellow at the School of Policy Studies where he lectures. He has also returned to the firm of Cunningham Swan as Senior Advisor.
In 2014, Milliken was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his public service and for his commitment to parliamentary democracy as Canada’s longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons.