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06/11/2015 11:29 EDT | Updated 06/11/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta politicians convene in legislature to pick new Speaker by secret ballot

EDMONTON - Alberta politicians are meeting at the legislature today to elect a new Speaker.It's a secret vote by all members, but Premier Rachel Notley's governing NDP caucus has already endorsed its Medicine Hat MLA, Bob Wanner.No other MLAs have announced an intention to seek the job.The Speaker, amongst many other duties, is the referee of the legislature, making sure debate moves ahead and follows the rules.While the Speaker comes from one of the parties in the legislature, he or she is expected to remain impartial.Outgoing Speaker Gene Zwozdesky says that impartiality makes it one of the most rewarding jobs in politics, but also one of the loneliest.