NewsSpeaker’s parade opens special sitting of House of Commons SHARE ON: Smith Autumn, contributor, Thursday, Oct. 23rd, 2014 A speaker’s parade is opening a special sitting of the House of Commons in the wake of a tragic day in Ottawa. The applause is deafening as Sergeant of Arms Kevin Vickers enters the House. His face is a solemn mask as he nods to the crowd and holds back tears. It was followed by a special prayer. It’s followed by a moment of silence and the singing of the national anthem.