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The Assembly personnel produces three publications to prepare the National Assembly’s sittings, record the decisions made during the sittings and provide access to parliamentary debates in the Assembly and in committee,

To find out what issues of the publications are available online

Order Paper and Notices

The Order Paper and Notices lists all the business that the Assembly may take up during a sitting in order to inform the MNAs of the matters that might be the subject of discussion. This important document allows them to prepare their interventions.

The publication includes other pertinent information for the MNAs, for example, a list of all the mandates currently before the Assembly and the titles of bills for which notice has been given but that have not yet been introduced.

The Order Paper and Notices is

  • available in French and in English, in paper and electronic format
  • posted online at 8 a.m. every day the Assembly sits

To consult the Order Paper and Notices

Journal des débats (Hansard)

The purpose of the Journal des débats is to accurately transcribe everything said by the MNAs and anyone else who takes the floor in the Assembly or in committee proceedings. The Journal des débats personnel also transcribes whatever is said during press conferences and briefings (page in French) that take place in the Assembly buildings.

The editorial policy of the Journal des débats places the utmost importance on reproducing the debates verbatim, and specifies that

  • minor changes in spelling and grammar may be made to improve readability
  • no change in style or vocabulary is authorized
  • the publication is to contain no commentary

The Journal des débats

  • is not translated
  • records verbatim interventions made in French or English
  • mentions when another easily identifiable language is used, but the words are not transcribed
  • is produced in paper and electronic format

Online Posting

Assembly Sittings

An unrevised version of debates in the Assembly is posted online within about one hour. The unrevised version is divided into 5-minute segments and does not include a table of contents.

The unrevised version is gradually replaced by the revised version, which is divided into 30-minute segments.

The final version is posted the following day at 5 p.m.

To consult the Journal des débats (Hansard)

Committee Sittings

An unrevised version of the debates in committee is generally posted online within about one hour, except when several reported events take place simultaneously. The unrevised version is divided into 30-minute segments and does not include a table of contents.

The unrevised version is replaced by the revised version, which is also divided into 30-minute segments, from 15 days to 3 months after the sitting date.
The final version, in continuous text and with a table of contents, is posted within 2 to 4 months following the sitting date.

To consult the Journal des débats on any of the committee pages

Reconstituted Debates

Before the Journal des débats was created in 1964, there was no official transcript of parliamentary proceedings in Québec. To fill this gap, the Assembly decided in 1974 to reconstitute the debates held from 1867 to 1963. It using accounts published in newspapers by members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery as the main source of information.

The page for each reconstituted session contains

  • the text of the debates
  • a historical introduction presenting key events and issues
  • an analysis and bibliography of the newspapers and other sources used to reconstitute the debates
  • a list of the members of Cabinet (ministers) and Members of the Legislative Assembly (the National Assembly’s name at that time)

To consult the reconstituted debates (French only)

Votes and Proceedings

The Votes and Proceedings is the official record of a National Assembly sitting: it is an account of the Assembly’s decisions and the proceedings introduced and concluded during a sitting, including the stages in the consideration of a bill. In addition, it reports the decisions made by the President, or Speaker, of the National Assembly.

The Votes and Proceedings puts on record

  • the full version of motions brought before the Assembly
  • voting results
  • the title of each document tabled, the name of the tabling MNA and the chronological number assigned to the paper
  • the time at which the sitting was opened, suspended, resumed and adjourned
  • notices concerning committee proceedings
  • a list of the bills assented to on that day or since the last sitting

The Votes and Proceedings is

  • available in French and in English, in paper and electronic format
  • posted online as a first draft, within about one hour after the end of the sitting

To consult the Votes and Proceedings

List of Papers Required by Law to be Tabled

At the beginning of each session, the President, or Speaker, tables the list of papers required by law to be tabled, enumerating all the documents that the ministers are legally required to table in the Assembly.

According to the Standing Orders, this list is appended to the Votes and Proceedings. However, since the 36th Legislature (March 2, 1999), it is no longer printed in the Votes and Proceedings but is electronically updated twice a year.  The updated list is available on the Assembly website shortly before the resumption of parliamentary proceedings in September and in February.

 
 

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