Friday in the House of Commons, during Private Member`s Business, Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie rose in the House of Commons and began the first hour of a very important debate on Motion 504, which was tabled on the Order Paper in April 2012. The motion, sponsored by MP Hayes reads as follows:
“That the Standing Committee on the Status of Women be instructed to undertake a study on the subject of best practices in education and social programs in Canada that prevent violence against women, and report its findings to the House within one year of the study’s initiation.”
Private Members’ Business consists of bills and substantive motions presented by Members of Parliament who are not Ministers of the Crown or Parliamentary Secretaries. The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are also excluded from Private Members’ Business.
A private Member’s motion is usually a draft resolution which, if adopted, becomes an expression of the opinion of the House. Motions may also be used to introduce resolutions for amending the Constitution.
A motion for the production of papers is a special type of motion asking the government to table a document or documents in the House; when transferred for debate, a motion for the production of papers falls under Private Members’ Business.