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Efforts to make House Standing Orders more user-friendly underway, House clerk Robert says

By Laura Ryckewaert      

The Procedure and House Affairs Committee also briefly went in camera on Feb. 27 to discuss human resources questions related to the ongoing labour dispute between House security officers and the Parliamentary Protective Service heads.

House Clerk Charles Robert, left, and Phillipe Dufresne, House law clerk and parliamentary counsel, pictured March 1 at the Commons Board of Internal Economy meeting. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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The House Standing Orders, or the rules of the game, are being revamped to be more user-friendly, but MPs will be consulted throughout the process and will have final approval over any updates, House clerk Charles Robert told members of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee last week. NDP MP David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre, Ont.) said he was initially surprised by the news and will keep a close on the process; however, he said he’s “satisfied” by assurances

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