An Act respecting the administration of oaths of office

This bill was previously introduced in the 43rd Parliament, 1st Session; the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session; the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session; the 41st Parliament, 1st Session; and the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session.

This bill, the first introduced in any session, is a formal tradition rather than proposed legislation. (It has nothing to do with oaths of office. The Senate equivalent is called An Act relating to Railways and—you guessed it!—in no way relates to railways.)


Stephen Harper  Conservative


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March 3rd, 2010 / 4:05 p.m.
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Etobicoke—Lakeshore Ontario


Michael Ignatieff LiberalLeader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order relating to Bill C-1, which has just been introduced in the House. By dealing with this bill as the first order of business, the House is affirming an important principle.

This is an important constitutional principle: the government must be accountable to the House of Commons for its actions, and not the other way around.

In this spirit I would like to seek unanimous consent to adopt a motion that underscores the supremacy of the House of Commons and seeks common ground on the issue of prorogation.

I move that this House hereby establishes a special committee to be structured along the lines of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, and having all the powers of a standing committee, to conduct an immediate examination into the issue of prorogation, to advise the House on the circumstances in which it is appropriate, or inappropriate, for the Prime Minister to request that Parliament be prorogued, and to repair such necessary changes to the Standing Orders or legislation, or both, and that the committee report to the House no later than April 15, 2010.