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House won’t debate private members’ business until late March

By Rachel Aiello      
According to the House Standing Orders, or rules, the House must wait 20 sitting days after privater members' lottery draw to begin debate, which means the earliest a private member’s bill or motion could be debated is March 21.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the first House debate on private member’s business, you’re going to be waiting a little while longer, according to the House clerk for private members’ business, Marc-Olivier Girard. Because of built-in Standing Orders and the choppier than usual sitting schedule for the first few months of this Parliament, the earliest a private member’s bill or motion could be debated is March 21. The explanation is a bit technical, and based off the Clerk’s

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