12/05/2011 11:51 EST | Updated 02/04/2012 05:12 EST

Dan D'Autremont: Veteran MLA To Referee Saskatchewan Legislature As Speaker

REGINA - Veteran MLA Dan D'Autremont has been chosen as the next Speaker in the Saskatchewan legislature.

He will control the flow of business in the house and act as a referee during debates.

D'Autremont smiled broadly and lifted his feet slightly off the ground as he was dragged to the Speaker's chair by Premier Brad Wall and interim Opposition Leader John Nilson.

D'Autremont was first elected in Cannington in 1991 and was one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Party.

He was up against Don Toth, who was Speaker throughout the Saskatchewan Party's first term in office.

The first session since the Nov. 7 provincial election was to begin with a throne speech Monday afternoon.