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Holding the government to account

Erin O’Toole asks a “question” of the government


Conservative MP Erin O’Toole’s question for the government yesterday.

According to the compendium of House of Commons procedure, “The right to seek information and the right to hold the Government accountable are recognized as fundamental to our system of parliamentary government” and “One of the principal ways by which Members exercise these rights is by asking questions in the House.” As the current guide to practice and procedure explains, Question Period “is this part of the parliamentary day where the government is held accountable for its administrative policies and the conduct of its Ministers, both individually and collectively.” Or, as Speaker James Jerome once said, “If the essence of Parliament is Government accountability, then surely the essence of accountability is the Question Period in the Canadian House of Commons.”

See previously: Here’s your problem