Parliament of Canada Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. P-1)

Act current to 2014-04-02 and last amended on 2013-12-12. Previous Versions

 [Repealed, R.S., 1985, c. 42 (1st Supp.), s. 1]

Parliamentary Secretaries

Marginal note:Appointment
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may appoint one or more members of the House of Commons to be Parliamentary Secretary or Secretaries to a minister.

  • Marginal note:Maximum number

    (2) The number of Parliamentary Secretaries that are appointed is not to exceed the number of ministers for whom salaries are provided in section 4.1 of the Salaries Act.

  • Marginal note:Tenure of office

    (3) A Parliamentary Secretary holds office for a period not exceeding twelve months from the date of the appointment and, on ceasing to be a member of the House of Commons, ceases to hold the office of Parliamentary Secretary.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 46;
  • 2005, c. 16, s. 2;
  • 2013, c. 33, s. 225.
Marginal note:Duties

 The Parliamentary Secretary or Secretaries to a minister shall assist the minister in such manner as the minister directs.

  • R.S., c. P-1, s. 3.

Clerk and Other Personnel

 [Repealed, R.S., 1985, c. 1 (4th Supp.), s. 30]

Marginal note:Oath of allegiance
  •  (1) The Clerk of the House of Commons shall take and subscribe before the Speaker thereof the oath of allegiance, and all other clerks, officers and messengers of the House shall take and subscribe before the Clerk the oath of allegiance.

  • Marginal note:Registry

    (2) The Clerk of the House of Commons shall keep a register of all oaths taken and subscribed under subsection (1).

  • R.S., c. H-9, s. 20.

Division DBoard of Internal Economy

Establishment and Organization

Marginal note:Board established
  •  (1) There shall be a Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons, in this section and sections 51 to 53 referred to as “the Board”, over which the Speaker of the House of Commons shall preside.

  • Marginal note:Composition of Board

    (2) The Board shall consist of the Speaker, two members of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada appointed from time to time by the Governor in Council, the Leader of the Opposition or the nominee of the Leader of the Opposition and other members of the House of Commons who may be appointed from time to time as follows:

    • (a) if there is only one party in opposition to the government that has a recognized membership of twelve or more persons in the House of Commons, the caucus of that party may appoint two members of the Board and the caucus of the government party may appoint one member of the Board; and

    • (b) if there are two or more parties in opposition to the government each of which has a recognized membership of twelve or more persons in the House of Commons,

      • (i) the caucus of each of those parties in opposition may appoint one member of the Board, and

      • (ii) the caucus of the government party may appoint that number of members of the Board that is one less than the total number of members of the Board who may be appointed under subparagraph (i).

  • (3) [Repealed, 1997, c. 32, s. 1]

  • Marginal note:Speaker to inform of appointments

    (4) The Speaker shall inform the House of Commons of any appointment made to the Board, on any of the first fifteen days on which the House is sitting after the appointment is made.

  • Marginal note:Oath or affirmation

    (5) Every member of the Board shall, as soon as practicable after becoming a member of the Board, take before the Clerk of the House of Commons an oath or affirmation of fidelity and secrecy in the form set out in Form 3 of the schedule.

  • Marginal note:Scope

    (6) For greater certainty, the oath or affirmation referred to in subsection (5) only relates to matters of security, employment and staff relations, tenders and investigations in relation to a member of the House of Commons and nothing in subsection (5) shall be construed as preventing the communication of any information relating to other matters to a party caucus.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 50;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 42 (1st Supp.), s. 2;
  • 1991, c. 20, s. 2;
  • 1997, c. 32, s. 1.