Assembly Governance and Management
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The Speaker, the Legislative Assembly Management Committee, and the Clerk each play a significant governance role in the operations of the Legislative Assembly.
Role of the Speaker
The Speaker impartially fulfills procedural, representative, and administrative responsibilities on behalf of the Legislative Assembly. The Speaker presides over House proceedings, enforcing and interpreting all rules and practices to preserve order and decorum. As the head of the legislative branch of government, the Speaker represents the Legislative Assembly in all relations with external organizations and individuals.
The Speaker is also the head of the Legislative Assembly administration and is responsible for its overall direction and management. The Speaker may delegate powers and duties to the Clerk, who is responsible for the operational matters respecting the Legislative Assembly. The Speaker also serves as Chair of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee, the internal all-party committee that oversees financial and administrative policies for the Legislative Assembly and its Members.
Legislative Assembly Management Committee
The Legislative Assembly Management Committee was established in 1992 with the enactment of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee Act. This all-party committee serves as a parliamentary management board, providing administrative and financial support to Members in the discharge of their parliamentary and constituency responsibilities.
Pursuant to the Act, the Committee is chaired by the Speaker and the membership includes the following Members of the Legislative Assembly:
- the Government House Leader;
- the chair of the Government Caucus;
- a cabinet minister (recent practice has been to appoint the Government Whip);
- the Opposition House Leader;
- the chair of the Opposition Caucus;
- one Member appointed from each additional party by the Members of that party; and
- for each Member appointed from an additional party, one additional Government Member
The Legislative Assembly Management Committee Act states that an ‘additional party means a political party with two or more Members in the Legislative Assembly, but does not include the government party or the official opposition party’.
The Act provides the Committee with its formal powers and duties relating to a variety of areas, including the Assembly's administrative and financial policies, the review and approval of estimates of expenditure to operate the Legislative Assembly (Vote 1) and payments made to Members to support the performance of their duties.
Role of the Clerk
The Clerk serves as the Chief Executive of the Legislative Assembly and reports to the Speaker and to the Legislative Assembly. As the senior permanent officer of the House, the Clerk advises and supports the Speaker and the Assembly in all procedural and administrative matters, and acts as Clerk to the Legislative Assembly Management Committee. The Clerk is directly supported by an executive management team comprising the Deputy Clerk and Clerk of Committees, the Sergeant-at-Arms, and the Executive Financial Officer. The senior administration and staff of the Assembly report to the Clerk. The Clerk also serves as the Secretary of the British Columbia Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Last Updated: May 11, 2017