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Members of the National Assembly routinely study matters of public interest. These subjects may arise from the orders of a parliamentary committee, a bill or a draft bill, or be the subject of a public consultation.

Citizens are invited to comment on those matters that interest them. Comments are forwarded as quickly as possible to the appropriate MNAs.

Comments containing violent, injurious or hurtful comments may be rejected, as may those imputing improper motives to someone. Anonymous comments are not accepted; the Assembly wishes to ensure the validity of the comments it receives. 

Commenting on Parliamentary Committee Orders

A committee is a work group composed of a set number of MNAs who examine issues within the committee’s particular area of competence. For example, the members of the Committee on Institutions are concerned primarily with questions of justice and public security.

Committees receive orders to examine topics that fall within their areas of competence:

  • orders of reference from the National Assembly (for example, the detailed consideration of a bill)
  • self-initiated orders (for example, examining the activities and management of a government department or public body) 
  • orders prescribed by law (for example, examining the carrying out of a law or regulation)

Comments can be submitted on most active orders:

  1. Consult the list of parliamentary committee orders.
    An icon Icône Commenter. in the column marked “Participate” means you may send a comment. 
  2. Choose the order on which you wish to comment. 
  3. Click on the icon to open the comment form.

Clicking on the title of the order will take you to the web page, which contains all the relevant information on the order.

More on parliamentary committees and their orders

Commenting on the Subject of a Public Consultation

Either on their own initiative or following a decision by the Assembly, parliamentary committees can hold a public consultation on a bill or on a subject affecting the people of Québec. There are two types of consultation:

  • general: citizens and public bodies may submit a brief. Citizens also have the option of requesting to be heard during a public hearing without having to submit a brief.
  • special: only citizens and public bodies invited by the members of the committee may present a brief or be heard during a public hearing

Every public consultation, whether general or special, serves to provide MNAs with citizens’ comments.

More on public consultations held by parliamentary committees

Commenting on the Subject of a General Consultation

  1. Consult the list of general consultations that are underway in the “Taking Part in a Consultation” zone of the Parliamentary Proceedings home page.
  2. Click on a consultation title to view the web page. 
  3. Click on the link to comment on a consultation.

Commenting on the Subject of a Special Consultation

  1. Consult the list of orders. Special consultations are also the subject of orders.
    An icon Icône Commenter. in the column marked “Participate” means you may send a comment.
  2. Choose the special consultation on which you wish to comment.
  3. Click on the icon to open the comment form.

Clicking on the title of a consultation will take you to the web page, which contains all the relevant information on the consultation.

Commenting on a Bill

Bills are proposed laws. They are introduced in the Assembly by an MNA or minister and then examined by MNAs in the Assembly or in committee.

A bill is adopted only after it has undergone all the stages in its consideration. It is then assented to by the Lieutenant-Governor and becomes law.

Comments on the content of a bill may be sent any time between its introduction in the Assembly and its adoption.

  1. Consult the list of bills under consideration by the Assembly.
    An icon Icône Commenter. in the column marked “Participate” means you may send a comment.
  2. Choose the bill on which you wish to comment.
  3. Click on the icon to open the comment form.


Click on the title of a bill to read it or on “Stages in the Consideration of Bill X” for more information on it.

More on bills and the stages in their consideration

Commenting on a Draft Bill

Draft bills are proposed legislative texts that are submitted to the Assembly by the Government. They are usually forwarded to a parliamentary committee, where they are subject to a public consultation with a view to drafting a bill.

Comments can be made on draft bills any time between their introduction in the Assembly and the tabling of a report by the committee that held the consultation.

  1. Visit the bills page. Draft bills introduced by the Government are included in the list of bills.
    An icon Icône Commenter. in the column marked “Comment” means you may send a comment.
  2. Choose the draft bill on which you wish to comment.
  3. Click on the icon to open the comment form.

Click on the title of a draft bill to read it.

Filling Out the Comment Form

The same form is used for commenting on any subject (committee orders, consultations, bills or draft bills). It can be filled out on-screen and submitted electronically or downloaded, filled out by hand and mailed to the address on the form.

  • Fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be filled in. 
  • Write your comment in the appropriate field. There is space for the equivalent of five pages of text in the “Comment” field.

Processing Comments

The information contained in the comment form will be forwarded to MNAs, ministers and their staff.
 
It can happen that the comments received from the public will be tabled before a parliamentary committee or that a committee will include them in its report to the Assembly, either in their entirety or in summary form. When comments are made public, only the name and municipality of the submitter are revealed; all other personal information remains confidential.

Committees may decide to keep the comments they receive, in which case they become part of the Assembly’s archives and are subject to the rules for archiving parliamentary documents.

 

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