Public Galleries: Observing Debates

Observing Debates

​Visitors are welcome to observe proceedings throughout the day from the public galleries when the Legislative Assembly is sitting, subject to space availability. The public galleries open 30 minutes before the beginning of each sitting, and seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
 
Please check the Parliamentary Calendar to see if the Legislative Assembly will be sitting on the day of your visit. 

Daily sittings

From the Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly:

 
2. (1) The time for the ordinary meeting of the House shall, unless otherwise ordered, be as follows:


Monday              10 a.m. to 12 noon

                           1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
 
Tuesday            10 a.m. to 12 noon
                           1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
 
Wednesday      1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
 
 
Thursday          10 a.m. to 12 noon
                          1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
 
The entrance to the Public Galleries is located on the third floor of the Parliament Buildings. Gallery seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Visitors must pass through a security scanning station before entering the Public Galleries. Bags, backpacks, cameras, notepads, cell phones and all other electronic devices are not permitted and must be checked at the security station before entering.                           

Question Period

Question Period occurs Monday through Thursday. Visitors who wish to observe Question Period are encouraged to arrive early as this is the most popular time to observe.
 
The time set aside for Question Period​ is determined at the beginning of each session. For the duration of the current session of Parliament, Question Period is scheduled as:
 
  • Monday and Wednesday, shortly after the start of the afternoon sitting at approximately 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday, shortly after the start of the morning sitting at approximately 10:30 am.

Hansard Services

You can also observe debates of the Legislative Assembly from the comfort of your classroom, office or home. Hansard TV broadcasts proceedings from start to finish, complete with closed-captioning for the hearing-impaired. Check your local TV listings for the channel number and broadcast times in your area. You can also access live and archived webcasts on the Legislative Assembly’s Internet site. 
 

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Seats in the Public Galleries overlook the Legislative Chamber

 

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Please Note: No backpacks, electronic devices or writing materials are permitted in the Public Galleries.

 

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