GOVERNMENT
PARLIAMENT - Up Close

The HOUSE of LORDS

The HOUSE of COMMONS

The SENATE

- Senatus Populusque Canadensis -


Precinct - photo


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Layout of the Centre Block


The Senate at present uses RED to indicate royalty, with the Commons being in GREEN.


Senate seating - solid but outdated furniture needs to be upgraded, computers installed and connected to a main database
to provide effective, internal and external electronic communications


The House of Lords in Britain - the Queen's Speech


House of Commons Chambers - central view

The House of Commons seats up to 374 (338 members at present), With a 30% reduction in population anticipated, seats needed would be reduced to 200, or 160 if representation was population-based on a 1;200,000 basis. A new section might be introduced to accommodate interpreters/translators.

'The Senate' seats only 105, so this would be too cramped to serve the new 'Senators' - it might be better used for meetings of the Cabinet.

Members of the government currently sit on the benches on the speaker's right, while members of the opposition occupy the benches on the speaker's left. This of course will no longer apply.


House of Commons seating


House of Commons - general view


House of Commons - seating plan
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  1. Speaker.
  2. Page. A first year student from one of the national capital region universities
  3. Cabinet Minister.
  4. Opposition Party.
  5. Prime Minister.
  6. Leader of the Official Opposition.
  7. Leader of the second largest party in opposition.
  8. Clerk and Table Officers.
  9. Mace.
  10. Hansard.
  11. Sergeant-at-Arms.
  12. Bar (of the House). A brass barrier inside the south entrance of the Chamber marking off the area where non-Members may be admitted. It is here that witnesses must appear when formally summoned.
  13. Interpreters.
  14. (accredited) Press Gallery.
  15. Public Galleries
  16. TV cameras

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