Delegates for the House of Commons

Non-voting members of the House of Commons

Under the standing orders of the House of Commons there shall be created a class of members called House delegates who can motion and debate but have no seat on any committee and no vote in the House of Commons. Delegates can be created by an absolute two-thirds majority vote (206) of the Commons. These delegates have a term of office for the duration of that parliament. A House delegate called a Member-emeritus can be created by an absolute three quarters majority vote (231) of the Commons. A Member-emeritus serves for the duration of five parliaments starting with the one in which they are created. All Speakers of the House become a Member-emeritus for life in the Parliament after they retire.

There shall be ex-officio House delegates who are any member of the Council of Ministers or the Council of Opposition who does not have a seat in the House of Commons. Furthermore both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition shall only be House delegates. If they are members of the House of Commons at the time of appointment as Prime minister or Leader of the opposition they then shall resign that seat in the House of Commons. Also if any leader of an official political party does not have a seat in the House of Commons they shall become a delegate member of the Commons.

The status of an official political party shall be granted to any party, which got 5% or more of the popular vote in the last election or who has 1% or more of the membership in the House of Commons. Using this formula for the determination of official status gives you the following results federally and for the 10 provinces. Nationally we would have five official parties namely the Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Bloc, and the Green party. Provincially PEI would have two official parties, Ontario and Alberta would have four official parties, and the other seven provinces would all have three official political parties.

What does this change federally? It means that the House of Commons would have 308 voting members plus 3 House delegates. The three House delegates would be the Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Leader of the opposition Mr. Michael Ignatieff, and the leader of the Green party Mrs. Elizabeth May. There could be more delegate members of the House of Commons depending on whom the Prime minister and the Leader of the opposition appoints to the Cabinet or the shadow cabinet.

Barry Aulis   barryaulis@federalistparty.ca

Compton-Stanstead Qc

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About Barry Aulis

Founder and acting President of the Federalist party of Canada.
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