Peter Milliken

Program: 
BAH Political Studies & Economics
Graduation Year: 
1968

In 2011, the Honourable Peter Milliken, retired as Liberal MP for Kingston and the Islands and as the 34th Speaker of the House of Commons after 10 years in the chair—the longest serving in Canadian history. He was widely praised by government and opposition MPs for his rulings, which were considered very fair.  Every year while serving as Speaker, Milliken made it clear he had not forgotten his Queen’s days and arranged for Queen’s Model Parliament to hold its annual sessions in the actual House of Commons.  In 2001, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam.  Since choosing not to stand for re-election in 2011, Milliken joined the Kingston law firm of Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham and has taken up an appointment as a Fellow of Queen’s School of Policy Studies.  Milliken was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 2012, giving him the accordant style of “The Honourable” for life. In 2013, Milliken received the annual Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honour the Queen’s Alumni Association bestows.