The chamber of the House of Commons
The House of Commons Chamber is where MPs help make Canada’s laws by debating and voting on bills. The Chamber is also a place where MPs can put local, regional or national issues in the spotlight. They represent their constituents’ views by presenting petitions, making statements and asking questions in the House.
Committee work is an important part of an MP’s job and the law-making process. MPs can look at bills and important issues such as finance and health, and the spending plans of federal departments. Committees meet regularly and often sit for long hours. Committees frequently consult with the public and sometimes travel across the country to do so.
Ottawa and Laval Office
To meet their constituents’ needs, MPs have an office in Ottawa and one or more in their riding. MPs act as “ombudsmen,” helping constituents with questions about visas, pension benefits, income tax—anything that is the business of the federal government. MPs and their staff are good resources, because they understand how federal departments are organized and know where to find answers.
Typical working day of an MP
Aside from time in the Chamber and committee meetings, a typical day in the life of an MP is filled with meetings, activities and other duties. Time has to be set aside to prepare a speech to give in the House, prepare for committees and meetings, and answer letters, phone messages and emails, not to mention read up on various issues.
MPs return to their ridings as often as possible; this lets them talk to constituents face to face and attend local activities.
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