Private Members Bill – The Process


Any Private Member (i.e., a Member who is not the Speaker or a Cabinet Minister) may introduce a Private Member’s Public Bill. Such a bill may pertain to any topic within provincial jurisdiction, but, according to the Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly, the Legislative Assembly Act, and the Constitution Act, 1867, it may not impose a tax or specifically direct the allocation of public funds.

A Private Member’s Public Bill is introduced and given First Reading during Routine Proceedings. The bill is printed, copies are distributed, and the text is posted on the Assembly’s Inter-net site.   Bill-165 The Bill to Regulate the Home Inspection Profession was introduced to the Assembly on February 22nd, 2016 by Mr. Han Dong, MPP for Trinity-Spadina.
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The Bill in it’s original form as distributed can be found
here.

The Bill passed to the Second Reading.   Here the Bill was re-submitted to the Assembly with an introduction from the member who submitted it, and a debate on the Bill is had by all parties.   The debate was closed by the initiating member responding to the debate, after which time a verbal request to agree to the Bill is requested by the Speaker.   If there was to be any opposition to the Bill a verbal vote is taken.  The Speaker judges from the called votes if the Bill succeeded to pass.   If any members of the Assembly had disagreed with the Speakers interpretation they would have stood-up, and a full ballot would then have to have been taken.    Bill-165 passed without contention on March 3rd, 2016.

The Bill was then referred to the Standing Committee on on Regulations and Private Bills.

At this Committee stage a set of Public Hearings are made, and a consideration of any amendments to the original Bill by the Committee.   The Bill is then submitted back to the Assembly as a “Report to the House” at which point it could proceed to the Third Reading.

The Third Reading is where the Bill gets its final approval from the Assembly after which time it receives Royal Assent from the Lieutenant Governor on Behalf of the Reigning Monarch, and the Bill then becomes Law and changes into an Act.

For a full and more detailed explanation of Bills become Law download the PDF from here


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About Len Inkster

Len is an accomplished consultant with a strong background in root-cause-analysis and education. Coming from both an Information Systems Security and Construction background Len is an all-rounder.

Len’s Inspection skills range from Home Inspections to Mould, Radon, and other Indoor Air Quality consultancy services, as well as Asbestos identification and sampling services. Although fully capable, Len has consistently refused to provide remediation services on the basis that to provide inspection services and remediation services is, in his eyes, a serious conflict of interest.

You can call Len at (289) 214-7531 or email him at leni @ fppi.ca