The President’s Threefold Role
The office of President, or Speaker, is the oldest and highest parliamentary function. Elected by the other Members of the National Assembly at the beginning of a Legislature, the President does not take part in debates, and votes only to break a tie. Once elected, the President ceases to participate in party activities.
The President plays 3 main roles.
Presiding Over the Assembly’s Proceedings
The President enforces the Standing Orders of the National Assembly to maintain order, ensure the proper conduct of proceedings and protect the rights of MNAs. The President also sees to it that the Standing Orders are amended as necessary to keep up with an evolving parliamentary context.
Directing the Assembly’s Administrative Services
The President ensures that the administrative services of the National Assembly meet the needs of its Members. The President is a central player, always in contact with the Leaders, House Leaders and Whips of the different parliamentary groups.
The President also
- prepares annual budget estimates and submits them to the Office of the National Assembly for approval
- is responsible for security in the buildings and for the protection of people and property at the Assembly
Representing the Assembly
The President plays a key role in making the National Assembly known throughout Québec and internationally, among other things by developing relations with other parliaments. Through various outreach and educational activities, the President promotes democratic values and raises awareness about the work of MNAs.
The President ranks fourth in order of precedence in Québec, after the Lieutenant-Governor, the Premier and the cardinals.