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Standing Order rewrite expected to wrap up in June, says clerk, but Conservatives concerned, and experts say it’s a good move

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Conservative Whip Mark Strahl grilled House Clerk Charles Robert on the initiative last week, suggesting it was out of order and questioning who was driving it. But the House clerk says he's updating the House rules in good faith and if MPs want him to stop, he will.

House Clerk Charles Robert, left, Conservative Whip Mark Strahl, and Liberal MP David Graham. Mr. Robert has said he launched the initiative to re-write the Standing Orders in an effort to make it more user-friendly, but Mr. Strahl has questioned the true intent of the initiative. It's one that Mr. Graham supports seeing through so MPs can consider a full proposed new rulebook. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

A complete rewrite of the House of Commons’ sprawling Standing Orders is currently underway, aimed at making the rules that govern the House Chamber more accessible and user-friendly, something experts say is a much-needed and helpful exercise.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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