Long time MP Geoff Regan was elected as the Speaker of the House for the 42nd Parliament. Regan was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993. He lost the subsequent election in 1997 but was reelected in 2000. He is the first Speaker from Atlantic Canada in a century. As Speaker he also chairs the Board of Internal Economy.
Regan served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader and subsequently as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans under Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Prime Minister Paul Martin. He was also the regional minister for Nova Scotia. In this role he was involved in negotiating the 2005 Offshore Accord and acted as a signatory.
In 2004 Prime Minister Martin appointed Regan as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General. In that role he was responsible for all matters related to the Maher Arar case.
Before the election in October 2015 Regan was the party’s critic for Natural Resources. He had previously been the Official Opposition Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development.
Regan is married to the Hon. Kelly Regan, a Nova Scotia MLA and current Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. They have three children together. His father is Gerald Regan, one-time Premier of Nova Scotia, MP and cabinet minister under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Regan has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from St. Francis Xavier University and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. He was called to the bar in 1984 and practiced real estate and commercial law.