The first–and most important–thing that new Members of Parliament learn about Parliamentary privilege is that they enjoy absolute freedom of speech when participating in proceedings of the House of Commons and its committees. This Parliamentary freedom of speech is greater than the freedom of speech that you and I enjoy under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We can be sued if we say something that defames someone. But MPs cannot be sued by us if they wrongly damage our reputation in the course of debate, in Question Period, or in committee.
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