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"BLUES"  look up translate image
The unedited in extenso transcript of proceedings in the House or in one of its committees, so called because they were formerly printed on blue paper. Compare: Debates of the House of Commons
"LATE SHOW"  look up translate image
See: adjournment proceedings
ABSTENTION  look up translate image
The act of refraining from voting either for or against a motion. Members are not obliged to vote and the records of the House take no official notice of an abstention; a list of paired Members is appended if necessary to every division list in the Journals and Debates. Compare: pairing
ABSTRACT MOTION  look up translate image
A motion which merely recommends an expenditure, imposition or action. As it expresses only an opinion or desire, such a motion does not bind the House or the government to any course of action.
ACCLAMATION  look up translate image
In Canada, a Member is said to be elected or returned by acclamation when no other candidate has come forward at an election and no vote is held.
ACT OF PARLIAMENT  look up translate image
A bill which has been passed by both the House of Commons and the Senate, has received Royal Assent and has been proclaimed. Unless a provision of the Act specifies otherwise, the Act comes into force on the date of Royal Assent or, when Royal Assent is signified by written declaration, on the day on which the two Houses of Parliament have been notified of the declaration.
ACTING SPEAKER  look up translate image
A Member, other than the Deputy Speaker, who is called upon to take the Chair during the unavoidable absence of the Speaker. Usually, the Deputy or Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole is chosen, but any Member may act in this capacity.
ADDRESS  look up translate image
A formal message to the Crown which may either express a wish or an opinion of the House or make a request. Addresses are used to express congratulations to the Royal family and also to request the production of documents in the Crown's possession. In certain cases, addresses may be jointly adopted by both Houses.
ADDRESS IN REPLY TO THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE  look up translate image
An address expressing the Commons' thanks to the Sovereign for the Throne Speech, adopted after a debate dealing with various aspects of the government's program.
ADJOURNMENT DEBATE  look up translate image
See: Adjournment Proceedings
ADJOURNMENT OF DEBATE  look up translate image
Often a dilatory tactic which may be employed to delay progress on a question. If a motion to adjourn a debate is adopted, the item is not dropped from the Order Paper but may be taken up again on a later day. Compare: sine die adjournment motion Distinguish: Adjournment Proceedings
ADJOURNMENT OF THE HOUSE  look up translate image
The termination of a sitting (either by motion or pursuant to a Standing or Special Order) within a session. An adjournment covers the period between the end of one sitting and the beginning of the next. The House may adjourn for a few minutes or for several months. Distinguish: recess; suspension of a sitting
ADJOURNMENT PROCEEDINGS  look up translate image
A thirty-minute period prior to the daily adjournment, during which Members may raise matters they believe have not been dealt with satisfactorily during oral question period or, in the case of written questions, have not been answered after forty-five days. Questions are responded to by a Minister or Parliamentary Secretary. Synonyms: adjournment debate; "late show"; proceedings on adjournment
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA  look up translate image
The Chief Justice of Canada who assumes the powers of the Governor General in the event of the latter's death, incapacity, removal or absence from the country. The Administrator may, as necessary, read the Throne Speech and signify Royal Assent to bills. Compare: Deputy of the Governor General
ADMONITION  look up translate image
A stern warning by the Speaker to a Member who is adjudged in breach of the rules of the House. Compare: reprimand
AFFIRMATIVE RESOLUTION  look up translate image
In an Act, this expression, when used in relation to a regulation, means that the regulation shall be laid before the House of Commons within the prescribed period of time and shall not come into force unless and until it is affirmed by a resolution of the House of Commons. Compare: negative resolution
AGENDA  look up translate image
A list of the items of business to be dealt with during a sitting of the House or of one of its committees. Compare: Order Paper; Projected Order of Business
ALLOTTED DAY  look up translate image
A day reserved for the discussion of the business of supply, the actual topic of debate being chosen by a Member in opposition. There are twenty-two allotted days in each calendar year which are divided amongst the opposition parties in proportion to their representation in the House. All motions are put to a vote unless the sponsor of the motion designates it as non-votable. Compare: supply period Synonyms: opposition day; supply day
AMENDING ACT  look up translate image
An Act of Parliament whose sole purpose is to modify another Act or Acts. Restrictions exist on the type of amendments that may be proposed to bills which seek to amend other Acts.
AMENDMENT  look up translate image
An alteration proposed to a motion, a stage or clause of a bill, or to a committee report. It may attempt to present an improved formulation of the proposition under consideration or to provide an alternative to it.
ANCILLARY MOTION  look up translate image
A subsidiary motion dependent on an order already made by the House, such as a motion for the second reading of a bill or for concurrence in a committee report.
APPEAL A DECISION  look up translate image
To request the reconsideration of a decision made by a committee chair. In standing, special and legislative committees, the appeal is made to the committee itself; decisions made by the Chair of a Committee of the Whole can be appealed to the Speaker. Decisions made by the Speaker may not be appealed.
APPLIED VOTE  look up translate image
Vote whereby, based on prior consultations among the Whips, the results of one recorded division are subsequently applied to others directly or, occasionally, in reverse.
APPOINTMENT  look up translate image
See: Order in Council appointment
APPROPRIATION  look up translate image
A sum of money allocated by Parliament for a specific purpose outlined in the government's spending estimates. Compare: vote (2) See: business of supply
APPROPRIATION BILL  look up translate image
A bill to authorize government expenditures, introduced in the House following concurrence in the main or supplementary estimates or interim supply. An appropriation bill can only be introduced by a Minister. Synonym: supply bill
ASSENT  look up translate image
See: Royal Assent
ASSISTANT DEPUTY CHAIR OF COMMITTEES OF THE WHOLE  look up translate image
(vice-prsident adjoint des comits plniers) A Member chosen to serve as a replacement for the Chair of Committees of the Whole during the latter's absence, including taking on the role of Acting Speaker when required.
ASSOCIATE MEMBER  look up translate image
A Member whose name has been placed on a list from which members of subcommittees and substitute members of committees may be chosen. The list of associate members is established by the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and adopted by the House.
AUDITOR GENERAL  look up translate image
An officer of Parliament responsible for the independent scrutiny of the government's accounts. Reports of this examination are tabled in the House several times a year.
AUTHORITY  look up translate image
(autorit en matire de procdure) See: procedural authority
BACKBENCHER  look up translate image
A Member who is not a Minister of the Crown, a Parliamentary Secretary, a House Leader, or a Whip. Distinguish: private Member
BALLOT  look up translate image
A piece of paper on which a voter indicates his or her choice (e.g. of a candidate in an election or of an option in a referendum). In the House of Commons, ballots are used only for the election of the Speaker, for the election of committee chairs and vice-chairs (if more than one candidate is nominated), and for appeals on the votability of items of Private Members' Business. Compare: recorded division
BAR (OF THE HOUSE)  look up translate image
A brass barrier inside the south entrance of the Chamber beyond which uninvited representatives of the Crown and other non-Members may not be admitted. It is here that witnesses must appear when formally summoned.
BEAUCHESNE'S PARLIAMENTARY RULES AND FORMS  look up translate image
A work dealing with the procedure of the House of Commons, originally written by Arthur Beauchesne, Clerk of the House from 1925 to 1949, and subsequently revised and updated. It is commonly referred to simply as Beauchesne. Compare: procedural authority
BELL  look up translate image
An electronic bell used to summon Members at the beginning of a sitting, for the taking of a vote or to establish a quorum in the House. When used with respect to a vote, it is called a "division bell".
BICAMERALISM  look up translate image
A legislative body comprised of two chambers or houses. The House of Commons and the Senate are the two Houses of Canada's Parliament.
BILL  look up translate image
A proposed law submitted to Parliament for its consideration and approval. It may originate either with the government, with a private Member or from a committee, and may relate either to public or private interests. Bills may be first introduced in either the House or the Senate, but bills for appropriation of public revenue or for taxation must be introduced in the House.
BLUE BOOK  look up translate image
See: main estimates
BNA ACT  look up translate image
See: Constitution Act
BOARD OF INTERNAL ECONOMY  look up translate image
The governing body of the House of Commons. Presided over by the Speaker, the Board is responsible for all matters of financial and administrative policy affecting the House of Commons. The Board is constituted and empowered by statute and not by order of the House. The Clerk of the House is its Secretary. Compare: Procedure and House Affairs Committee
BORROWING AUTHORITY  look up translate image
Power required by the government to make up any shortfall between revenues and expenditures, and obtained by way of a borrowing authority bill.
BOURINOT  look up translate image
See: Parliamentary Procedure and Practice in the Dominion of Canada
BREACH OF PRIVILEGE  look up translate image
An infringement of one of the specific privileges of the House or its Members which prevents them from carrying out their functions. The House is asked to deal with an alleged breach only when it appears to the Speaker to be evident (prima facie). Distinguish: contempt of Parliament
BRING DOWN THE BUDGET  look up translate image
See: budget speech
BRING IN A BILL  look up translate image
Introduce legislation. A committee may be given an order of reference to prepare and bring in a bill. In its report to the House, the committee may recommend such things as the principles and scope of the bill as well as proposals for legislative wording.
BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT  look up translate image
See: Constitution Act
BUDGET  look up translate image
The government's statement of its fiscal, economic and social policies. It is usually presented once a year, although there is no requirement for an annual presentation. Distinguish: Budget speech
BUDGET DEBATE  look up translate image
A debate on a motion approving the government's budgetary policy. The motion is moved by the Minister of Finance following the presentation of the budget speech. Compare: Budget speech
BUDGET SPEECH  look up translate image
A presentation made in the House by the Minister of Finance introducing the government's plans concerning fiscal, economic and social policy (the Budget). Often referred to as "bringing down the Budget". Compare: Budget debate Distinguish: Budget Synonym: Budget presentation
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