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Typical Sitting Day

Statements by Members

"Statements by Members" takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Members who are not Ministers are permitted to address the House for up to one minute on virtually any matter of local, provincial, national or international concern. This one-minute time limit is rigorously enforced by the Speaker.

If "Statements by Members" begins promptly at 2:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. on Friday), the entire 15 minutes provided for these proceedings is used; at least 15 Members are typically recognized. If the start of these proceedings is delayed, the time is reduced accordingly, and could even be eliminated for that sitting. Question Period begins promptly at 2:15 p.m. (or 11:15 a.m. on Friday), regardless of whether or not a full 15 minutes was devoted to "Statements by Members".

Guidelines

In presiding over the conduct of this daily activity, Speakers follow a number of well-defined guidelines:

During "Statements by Members", the Chair consults speaking lists provided by the Whips of the various parties and attempts to recognize government Members and Members in opposition on an equal basis.

Points of order arising from "Statements by Members" are normally dealt with after Question Period, although unparliamentary language is usually dealt with immediately.

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Modified: March 2006