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PostSubject: Motions rules   Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:37 pm

Motions

Members may introduce motions on any issue to be considered by the House. Motions are not binding on the Government, or on Parliament as a whole, but rather merely express the sentiment of Parliament at a moment in time. The only exception to this rule is if a motion is introduced that deals with confidence in the Government. In such a case, a motion expressing a lack of confidence in the Government causes the Government to fall should it pass.

As a result, motions are usually phrased as "That this House..." followed by the sentiment it expresses. Examples are "That this House no longer has confidence in the Government", or "That this House believes in the Theory of Evolution", or "That this House enjoys eating Pizza". It cannot be a functional motion that forces someone to do something, such as "That the Prime Minister stand on his head for five whole minutes", or "That the Vancouver Strangler be acquitted of all charges." It can CALL on things to happen, however, such as "That this House calls on the Prime Minister to stand on his head for five whole minutes."

Alternatively, the wording "That, in the opinion of this House," is often used as well, such as "That, in the opinion of this House, the Prime Minister should stand on his head for five whole minutes."

Rules of procedure apply with regards to protocol.

Voting

There are three ways in which a motion can be moved to a vote after three RL days of debate:

1. The Government House Leader may move a motion to a vote at any time after the three days
2. The Official Opposition House Leader may move up to 3 motions per RL week to a vote by using up "opposition days" (this must be noted in the motion he makes). Third parties with official party status may move 1 motion per week.
3. Any opposition House Leader may move a motion to a vote if the motion to proceed to a vote is supported by House Leaders representing at least 50%+1 of the House (note support for a motion in bold).

House Leaders wishing to move a motion to a vote will make a motion to the effect of "Mr. Speaker, I move that the house proceed to vote on this motion".
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