“Statements by Members” take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Members who are not Ministers are permitted to address the House for up to one minute on virtually any matter of local, provincial, national or international concern. This one-minute time limit is rigorously enforced by the Speaker.
If “Statements by Members” begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. on Friday), the entire 15 minutes provided for these proceedings is used; at least 15 Members are typically recognized. If the start of these proceedings is significantly delayed, the time is reduced accordingly, and could even be eliminated for that sitting. Question Period begins at 2:15 p.m. (or 11:15 a.m. on Friday), regardless of whether or not a full 15 minutes was devoted to “Statements by Members”.
In presiding over the conduct of this daily activity, Speakers follow a number of well-defined guidelines:
During “Statements by Members”, the Chair consults speaking lists provided by the Whips of the various parties; however the Speaker retains the ultimate authority to determine which Member to recognize for a statement and takes into account the proportional share of seats held by each recognized party.
Points of order arising from “Statements by Members” are normally dealt with after Question Period, although unparliamentary language is usually dealt with immediately.