10.1 Daily Order of
Statements by Members
Tabling of Documents
of Documents by a Minister
of Documents by Private Members
of Documents by the Speaker
of Documents During Periods of Adjournment or Prorogation
of Documents After a Dissolution
Introduction of Government Bills
Statements by Ministers
Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations
Presenting Reports from Committees
Introduction of Private Members’ Bills
First Reading of Senate Public Bills
for the Proposed Appointment of an Officer of Parliament
for Concurrence in Committee Reports
Motions for Which Unanimous Consent Has Been Denied
Concerning Committee Travel
Questions on the Order Paper
Notices of Motions for the Production of Papers
in Which Notices Are Called
to Orders for the Production of Papers
Orders of the Day
Suspension of Private Members’ Business
Suspension or Delay of the Adjournment Proceedings
Routine Proceedings are an essential
part of the House business and if they are not protected the interests of the
House and the public it serves are likely to suffer.
Speaker John A. Fraser
(Debates, April 14, 1987,
While Chapters 8 and 9 describe the calendar and the hours of
sitting of the House respectively, this chapter describes the recurring
sequence of business for each sitting day, that is, the daily order of
business, and gives details of the major categories of daily business.
The daily business of the House is taken up
according to a predetermined sequence outlined in the rules of the House.
In 1867, the program of the House varied according to the days of the week.
Afterwards, almost every time major rule revisions took place, the order of
business was affected. The majority of alterations came about as a result of
the changing nature of the business coming before the House, the growing volume
of government business to be transacted and changes to the hours of sitting.
All items of business that can be dealt
with on a given day are listed on the daily Order Paper, the official
agenda of the House. Figure 10.1 depicts the day-by-day order of business. The
daily activities of the House are generally grouped into five categories:
Private Members’ Business; and
Figure 10.1 Daily Order of Business
Daily Proceedings include three events in
the daily schedule: Prayers (followed by the National Anthem on Wednesdays
Statements by Members and Oral Questions. The Daily Routine of Business, or
Routine Proceedings as it is more commonly known, consists of separate
categories of business usually referred to as rubrics and includes, among other
items, “Tabling of Documents”, “Statements by Ministers” and the introduction
of bills sponsored by either the government or private Members. Government
Orders include any item of business proposed by a Minister that the House has
ordered for consideration. Each day one hour of House time is set aside for
Private Members’ Business, during which bills and motions sponsored by Members
who are not Ministers are considered. Adjournment Proceedings are the final
category of business considered on a sitting day (Fridays excepted).
 Standing Order 30(6).
 Rules, Orders and Forms of Proceeding of the House of Commons of
Canada, 1868, Rule No. 19.
 Following a 1995 decision of the House, Members sing the national
anthem on Wednesdays after the prayer. For further information, see the section
in this chapter entitled “National Anthem”.