Introduction of Bills
Throughout each session, new legislation is debated through a series of
stages before finally being voted on, and, if approved, given Royal Assent by the
Lieutenant Governor. It should be noted that all MLAs, including those in opposition parties, may introduce legislation, though it is rare that these bills are called for debate beyond first reading.
Debate on bills introduced by the government can last any length of time, but passing them before the
end of each session is crucial. If that cannot be done, then the bill will "die on the order paper," meaning it will have to be reintroduced in the next session and go through the legislative stages of consideration all over again.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 1908, the Legislative Assembly passed a
public bill - the
British Columbia University Act, 1908 - to establish the University of British Columbia as the first public university in province. While public bills have been used to create other publicly run universities and colleges,
private bills are put forward by Members to help create privately run universities and colleges. One recent example of a private bill is the
United Church of Canada Amendment Act, 2021.