Regina MLA Mark Docherty named new Speaker of Saskatchewan Legislature

Mark Docherty, the Saskatchewan Party MLA for the riding of Regina Coronation Park beat out six others who had been nominated for the position with Docherty finally emerging as the victor after several votes.

It was a busy and lengthy first day back for the provincial politicians, not only was a new speaker elected, but three new MLAs were sworn-in.

The Saskatchewan Party's Docherty was elected in Regina Coronation Park in 2011.

The job became available when former Speaker Corey Tochor resigned to seek a nomination, which he won this month, to run for a federal seat under the Conservative Party of Canada banner.

Seven MLA's put their names forward to be the speaker, including runner-up Eric Olauson (Saskatoon University), deputy speaker Glen Hart (Last Mountain Torchwood), Danielle Chartier (Saskatoon Riversdale), Colleen Young (Lloydminster), Delbert Kirsch (Batoche) and Warren Michelson (Moose Jaw North).

Following his election, Docherty walked to his new post linked arm-in-arm with Premier Scott Moe and NDP leader Ryan Meili, as is the tradition. The Speaker acts as the legislative assembly's presiding officer and ensures the assembly is carried out efficiently and according to the rules.

The speaker is also expected to be non-partisan and impartial.

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