Oral Question Period
An important function of the Legislative Assembly is to scrutinize the policies and actions of the executive branch of government and to hold cabinet ministers accountable. The Legislative Assembly fulfils its scrutiny role through a variety of means, including Oral Question Period, an intense 30-minute exchange of questions and answers. Members may ask questions of cabinet ministers on subjects relating to government policy or the current responsibility of a minister.
During the previous Parliament, Oral Question Period took place in the afternoon on Monday and Wednesday sittings, and in the morning on Tuesday and Thursday sittings. Further information on the rules and practices regarding Oral Question Period is found in Standing Order 47A.
After Oral Question Period, Members have the opportunity to present petitions on behalf of their constituents. The rules for presenting petitions can be found in Standing Order 73.
Following petitions, reports by parliamentary committees can be presented to the House summarizing the committee's activities, decisions, and recommendations.
Orders of the Day
The remainder of a typical sitting day in the House is taken up with “Orders of the Day”, the agenda of daily business which often includes debate on public bills or government motions. The legislative agenda is announced by the Government House Leader, who may consult with the Opposition House Leader and independent Members on the scheduling of House business.