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Question Period Rules

Whether applied in London or Ottawa or Edmonton, today's rules for question period reflect its cautious development.  One of Parliament's rule books, Beauchesne, contains a long list of restrictions on the questions members can ask, all of which stem from Speakers' rulings going back to 1783.  For example, a question may not

  • repeat another question which has already been answered,
  • be a statement of opinion or a speech,
  • ask about a matter that is before a court,
  • be hypothetical; that is, a "what if?" question.

  

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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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