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Motions for Returns

Motions asking the government to make certain documents public are called motions for returns, and opposition members use them to ask cabinet ministers for information on potentially controversial issues.  Members may debate motions for returns, after which the Assembly takes a vote.  If the motion passes, that means that the Assembly agrees that the information should be handed over.

A motion for a return:

Mr. .... moved that an order of the Assembly do issue for a return showing the amount of money allocated from October 1988 to March 1, 1992, by the community facility enhancement program by group and by constituency. (Hansard, June 23, 1992, p. 1568)

This motion, which the Assembly passed, asked the government for information about a government program.

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Reproduced from the Teacher's Guide to the Alberta Legislature, 1993 with the kind permission of the Legislative Assembly Office.
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