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To ensure the orderly flow of business, the House of Commons observes parliamentary rules and traditions, both written and unwritten. It is the Speaker's duty to interpret these rules impartially, to maintain order, and to defend the rights and privileges of Members.

As required, the Speaker makes formal decisions or rulings on the procedural acceptability of specific matters before the House and about questions of parliamentary privilege. Unless otherwise specified, Speaker’s rulings serve as precedent to govern future proceedings. Speaker’s rulings are typically made by the Speaker, but they may occasionally be made by other Presiding Officers.

You will find on this page the rulings of the current Speaker of the House of Commons. Selected rulings of former Speakers can be found on ProceduralInfo.

44th Parliament, 1st Session (November 22, 2021, to present)

Topic Date
Point of order concerning the requirement for a royal recommendation for Bill C-285, Medical Freedom Act December 1, 2022
Point of order concerning Bill C-27 and the application of Standing Order 69.1, regarding omnibus bills November 28, 2022
Point of order concerning an amendment made to Bill C-228, Pension Protection Act, by the Standing Committee on Finance November 16, 2022
Statement concernant alleged unparliamentary language during Oral Questions of November 2, 2022 November 3, 2022
Point of order concerning the requirement for a royal recommendation for Bill C-290, Public Sector Integrity Act November 3, 2022
Question of privilege concerning allegedly misleading statements made by the President of the King’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister for Emergency Preparedness October 27, 2022
Point of order concerning the oath of allegiance of the member for Beloeil—Chambly October 27, 2022
Statement concerning certain amendments made to Bill C-31, Cost of Living Relief Act, No. 2 (Targeted Support for Households), by the Standing Committee on Health October 25, 2022
Question of privilege concerning an allegation of intimidation of a committee witness October 4, 2022
Question of privilege regarding comments made on social media by a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery September 27, 2022
Statement regarding the management of Private Members' Business September 26, 2022
Statement in tribute to the 1972 Team Canada players and representatives September 22, 2022
Statement regarding the status of Bill C-250, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prohibition — promotion of antisemitism) September 20, 2022
Question of privilege concerning technical issues during the sitting of June 21, 2022 June 23, 2022
Statement concerning technical issues during the sitting of June 21, 2022 June 22, 2022
Question of privilege concerning government responses to questions June 20, 2022
Statement regarding the similarities between Bills C-243, Ending the Use of Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act and S-211, Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act June 6, 2022
Statement concerning certain amendments made to Bill C-19, Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1, by the Standing Committee on Finance June 2, 2022
Question of privilege concerning questions about the Board of Internal Economy and Adjournment Proceedings June 2, 2022
Question of privilege concerning alleged ministerial interference at CIMM committee May 16, 2022
Point of order concerning the form of Bill C-19, Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 May 13, 2022
Statement concerning the similarities between bills C-250, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prohibition — promotion of antisemitism), and C-19, Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 May 11, 2022
Question of privilege concerning the conduct of the member for Brampton Centre May 9, 2022
Statement concerning remarks made during Oral Questions on May 4, 2022 May 5, 2022
Tribute to former Speaker John Bosley May 4, 2022
Statement concerning unanimous consent May 3, 2022
Points of order concerning the admissibility and division of Government Business No. 11 May 2, 2022
Point of order concerning the government's response to written question Q-351 April 25, 2022
Question of privilege concerning the events reported in the third report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics April 25, 2022
Point of order concerning the requirement for a royal recommendation for Bill C-237, An Act to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act and the Canada Health Act April 5, 2022
Point of order concerning the requirement for a royal recommendation for Bill C-215, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness, injury or quarantine) April 5, 2022
Statement regarding the recent use of language that may be deemed inflammatory March 29, 2022
Point of order concerning the status of the New Democratic Party as an opposition party March 29, 2022
Statement on the management of Private Members' Business February 28, 2022
Statement on the motion for revocation of the declaration of a public order emergency listed on the Order Paper February 28, 2022
Point of order concerning the statutory debate being held pursuant to the Emergencies Act February 17, 2022
Statement on the wearing of masks in the Chamber February 15, 2022
Question of privilege concerning the alleged premature disclosure of Bill C-10, An Act respecting certain measures related to COVID-19 February 8, 2022
Statement on the length of explanations during "Introduction of Private Members' Bills" December 16, 2021
Questions of privilege concerning the failure to provide documents requested by the House and the Second Report of ETHI in the 43rd Parliament December 9, 2021
Statement on electronic voting December 9, 2021
Statement concerning Bill S-2 and the financial prerogative of the Crown and of the House December 8, 2021
Question of privilege concerning medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination December 7, 2021
Questions of privilege concerning the Board of Internal Economy’s decision requiring vaccination against COVID-19 for members accessing the House of Commons precinct December 2, 2021
Statement concerning hybrid votes December 1, 2021
Question of privilege concerning allegations about the Clerk of the House December 1, 2021
Statement on the wearing of masks in the Chamber November 29, 2021
Statement concerning Hybrid Sittings November 26, 2021

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session (September 23, 2020, to August 15, 2021)

Topic Date
Statement concerning the order to have the President of the Public Health Agency of Canada attend the Bar of the House following the non-compliance of an order of the House June 21, 2021
Question of privilege concerning the government's non-compliance with an order for the production of documents June 16, 2021
Point of order concerning the admissibility of amendments made to Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage June 15, 2021
Statement regarding the management of Private Members' Business June 14, 2021
Question of privilege concerning the conduct of the member for Pontiac June 7, 2021
Points of order raised on June 4 concerning the time allocation motion for Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts June 7, 2021
Statement on the years of service of the Deputy Speaker June 3, 2021
Point of order concerning the consideration of Bill C-216, An Act to amend the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Act (supply management), by the Standing Committee on International Trade May 25, 2021
Statement regarding language used during Oral Questions May 25, 2021
Question of privilege concerning allegedly misleading statements by the Prime Minister during Oral Questions May 11, 2021
Point of order concerning the participation of independent Members and Members from non-recognized parties during question period April 27, 2021
Point of order concerning the taking of photos during the virtual sittings of the House April 26, 2021
Point of order concerning the alleged premature disclosure of bill C-288 April 21, 2021
Point of order concerning the requirement for a Royal Recommendation for Bill C-265, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (illness, injury or quarantine) April 15, 2021
Point of Order concerning the attendance in the House of members of the governing party March 25, 2021
Point of order concerning the form of Bill C-19, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (COVID-19 response) March 23, 2021
Statement regarding the management of Private Members' Business March 22, 2021
Statement concerning the wearing of certain masks during House proceedings March 11, 2021
Question of privilege concerning the alleged premature disclosure of Bill C-22, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act March 9, 2021
Statement on electronic voting March 8, 2021
Question of privilege concerning the participation of independent Members and Members from non recognized parties during question period February 23, 2021
Question of privilege concerning a meeting of the Standing Committee on Health and the services available to members to support the work of committees February 19, 2021
Statement regarding the similarities between Bills C-218, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting), and C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (single event sports betting) February 18, 2021
Statement regarding the wearing of masks in the Chamber February 2, 2021
Point of Order concerning the need for a Ways and Means motion for Bill C-214, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (qualifying environmental trust) November 26, 2020
Statement on the management of Private Members' Business October 29, 2020
Question of privilege concerning the government’s response to written question Q-443 October 1, 2020
Question of privilege concerning the provision of documents in response to an Order adopted by the Standing Committee on Finance during the previous session October 1, 2020
Question of privilege concerning the premature disclosure of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code with regard to medical assistance in dying, in the previous session September 30, 2020
Point of order concerning the application of Standing Order 69.1 to Bill C-4, An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19 September 29, 2020
Statement concerning votes by videoconference September 23, 2020

43rd Parliament, 1st Session (December 5, 2019, to August 18, 2020)