National Assembly of Québec - Return to homepage

National Assembly of Québec - Return to homepage

To use the Calendar, Javascript must be activated in your browser.
For more information

Home > Visitors > The Parliament Building and Gardens > The Evolution of Québec Parliamentarism

Skip Navigation LinksThe Evolution of Québec Parliamentarism

There have been a number of changes in Québec’s Parliament since Confederation. The Standing Orders, the parliamentary liturgy, the standing committees and the Legislative Council are among the elements that have evolved, adapted or disappeared.

1874

Members may no longer sit in both the Québec and Ottawa legislatures simultaneously.

1914

A new codification of the rules of procedure is implemented.

1941

An annotated version of the Standing Orders in French (Règlement annoté de l'Assemblée législative) comes into force.

1961

The first woman Member of the National Assembly is elected in a by-election.

1971

A major reform of the Legislature Act introduces various new parliamentary offices, including that of Assistant Vice-President and House Leader of the Opposition.

1973

The need to streamline parliamentary procedure leads to the adoption of new Standing Orders (there are only 179 orders, compared to 812 in 1941).

1982

The National Assembly becomes more autonomous with the passing of the Act respecting the National Assembly and the establishment of the Office of the National Assembly.

1984

With its new Standing Orders, the National Assembly modernizes committee proceedings by allowing Members to study a topic on their own initiative.

2009

A major parliamentary reform introduces new means of consulting citizens and allows Members to exercise more autonomy and initiative.

2010

The Code of ethics and conduct of the Members of the National Assembly is passed.