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Motions (Routine Proceedings)

Motions permissible under this rubric are those for concurrence in committee reports and those relating to the sittings and proceedings of the House or of its committees.

The Speaker has consistently ruled that any motion pertaining to the arrangement of the business of the House should be introduced by the Government House Leader and may be considered under “Motions” or under “Government Orders”. However, the Speaker allows certain motions placed on notice by private Members, such as motions of instruction to committees and for motions for concurrence in committee reports.

Motions moved during Routine Proceedings require 48 hours’ notice. However, in practice, with the unanimous consent of the House they are often moved without notice and adopted without debate. Examples of such motions include those to:

During debate on a motion under Routine Proceedings, if a motion to proceed to the Orders of the Day is moved and adopted, the motion being debated is superseded and dropped from the Order Paper.

Except in the case of a motion to concur in a committee report, when debate on any motion considered during Routine Proceedings is adjourned or interrupted, the order for resumption of the debate is transferred to Government Orders and is considered again only at the Government’s initiative.

In the case of a concurrence motion in a committee report, debate for up to three hours is permitted, at which time the Speaker will put all questions. Should debate on the motion be adjourned or interrupted, the motion will be slated for debate within 10 sitting days on a date set by the Government, following consultation with the House leaders of the other parties. The resumed debate occurs at the end of the sitting day and once the three hours have expired or there are no more Members wishing to speak, the Speaker will put all the questions. If a recorded division is requested, it is automatically deferred to the next Wednesday that the House is sitting and is held no later than the end of Government Orders.

Routine Motions for Which Unanimous Consent Has Been Denied

The House may consider any routine motion for which written notice has not been provided and the presentation of which requires, but has not been granted, unanimous consent. These motions include those required for the:

When consent for the moving of such a motion has previously been denied, a Minister may rise under the rubric “Motions” to request that the Speaker put the question to the House. The Chair puts the question immediately without debate or amendment. The Speaker then asks those opposed to the motion to rise in their places. If 25 or more Members rise to object, the motion is deemed withdrawn; otherwise, the motion is adopted.

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