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House of Commons - How it Works

MPs gather in the chamber of the House of Commons, where they are called upon to present issues of interest to their riding or the country.

MPs gather in the chamber of the House of Commons, where they are called upon to present issues of interest to their riding or the country.

When Parliament is in session or “sitting”, MPs take part in a daily Question Period (QP).

During QP, the Official Opposition –the party who won the second-most seats during elections – and other opposing parties can ask questions of the governing party and of the Prime Minister. However, the PM is often away because of his or her many responsibilities.

Most of the questions are related to the latest government policies and political developments. Along with Commons debates and discussions, Question Period is a tradition through which democracy is actively exercised, ensuring a degree of accountability.