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Parliamentary Business

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Members of Parliament participate in House of Commons sittings, committee meetings and diplomatic events.

Dissolution of Parliament

The 42nd Parliament was dissolved on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

Information about dissolution

Information about dissolution can be found in the Compendium of House of Commons Procedure.

In the House, Members come together to make laws, hold the government to account and decide on the affairs of the country.

The House did not sit on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

In committees, Members undertake studies on departmental spending, legislation and issues related to their mandate, after which they report their conclusions to the House.

Committees

Upon dissolution, all business before committees is terminated and all committees, without exception, cease to exist until the House reconstitutes them following the election.

All orders of reference expire, and the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of all committees cease to hold office. Until committees are reconstituted in the new session of a Parliament, they have no members.

The effect of dissolution upon committees is essentially the same as that of prorogation, although the government is no longer required to provide comprehensive responses to committee reports. In addition, all Committee orders, if any, for the appearance of witnesses or the production of papers become null and void.

To obtain further information about the effect of dissolution on committees, please consult the “Committee Lifespans” section of Chapter 20 of House of Commons Procedure and Practice or the “Dissolution of Parliament” section of the Compendium of House of Commons Procedure.

Meetings (Wednesday, October 16, 2019)

No meetings were held on that date.

Members further Canada's interests at international conferences and meetings and promote democracy, economic and social ties with other nations.

Events (Wednesday, October 16, 2019)