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Government Orders

Each sitting day, a substantial portion of the House’s time (normally, 23.5 hours per week) is devoted to the consideration of Government Orders, which include any item of business proposed by a Minister.

Orders of the Day

When the Speaker calls “Orders of the Day”, a Table Officer rises and reads from the Order Paper the business that the House is to consider at that time.

Government Orders are listed under the following headings:

“Government Business” includes motions to:

Some of these motions may also be dealt with under “Motions” during Routine Proceedings.

When Government Orders are called, any item that has been called, and on which debate has begun, must be dealt with until debate is adjourned, interrupted or disposed of.

Scheduling of Government Orders

The business that the House considers during Government Orders is determined solely by the Government.

The office of the Government House Leader provides a “projected order of business” or agenda of orders (bills and motions) that the House is to consider that day.

A weekly statement concerning the projected order of business is customarily made on Thursday after Question Period.

Although the Government does not select the subject matter to be debated when the House considers an opposition motion on an allotted supply day, it designates the day on which the item is to be taken up. On an allotted day, the Government cannot set aside the business of supply and take up other Government Orders until all supply motions listed on that day’s Order Paper have been dealt with.

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