Old Institutions, New Solutions: Supporting Independent MPPs in Ontario’s Assembly

Article 6 / 13 , Vol 43 No 4 (Hiver)

Old Institutions, New Solutions: Supporting Independent MPPs in Ontario’s Assembly

History, tradition, convention and precedents are important to Westminster parliamentary institutions; however, new challenges demand flexibility to adjust the rules and set new precedents when necessary. In this article, the author explains how the Legislative Assembly of Ontario has modified Standing Orders and how the Speaker is using discretion to ensure fair participation by the significant number of MLAs who sit as Independents.

Our Westminster parliamentary institutions date back centuries, yet each new Parliament comes with challenges and changes that require us to adjust the rules and set new precedents.

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