Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary Procedure

​​​Parliamentary procedure at the Legislative Assembly is founded on constitutional and statutory provisions, the Standing Orders, parliamentary practice, and Speakers' decisions. Assembly proceedings are regulated by parliamentary rules and practices intended to expedite the business of the Assembly while ensuring the right of each Member to participate in the parliamentary process.

​Standing Orders

Standing Orders are the formal written rules adopted by the Assembly to govern its proceedings. The continuing or "standing" nature of these rules means that they remain in effect until the House itself decides to suspend, change, or replace them. Temporary sessional orders change or supplement existing rules for the session in which they were adopted, while special orders may apply to a single or special occasion.

The procedural authority of choice at the Legislative Assembly is Parliamentary Practice in British Columbia, 4th edition, written by E. George MacMinn, QC, OBC – a former Clerk of the House. This print guide to the Standing Orders includes detailed explanatory notes, decisions, and helpful precedents.

A fundamental concept of parliamentary democracy is the right of the public to have access to parliament by way of petition.  A petition can be from an individual or group and can relate to the passage of a bill or the government's consideration of an important public issue. Since the Legislative Assembly is a representative institution, it considers only those matters submitted to it by its own Members and petitions are no exception.