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Designating an Allotted Day

The government designates the days allotted to the consideration of the business of supply. A Minister of the Crown, usually the Government House Leader, rises in the House and designates a subsequent sitting as an allotted day. Such days may also be designated during the “Thursday Statement” on the House business for the following week.

These dates are not binding on the government and, like the schedule for any other government order, may be revised at any time. If the government fails to designate the prescribed number of allotted days in a given supply period, the remaining days in that period will be designated by the Speaker.

When the sitting on a day designated as an allotted day ends before the House has reached Orders of the Day, the allotted day is deemed not to have commenced, and therefore the sitting does not count as one of the days designated for the consideration of an opposition motion.

On the other hand, once the order for supply has been called, an allotted day is deemed completed if, subsequently, the proceedings are superseded, for example, by an adjournment of the House.

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