Section 53 - Questioning

  1. The Chair maintains a list of Members who have indicated they wish to ask questions on a matter.
  2. With the consent of the Commission, Members may question officials of the TTC or other bodies on any matter.
  3. A Member’s questions asked under Section 53(B), and their answers may not exceed a total of five minutes on any matter.
  4. A Member may ask questions under Section 53(B) only:
    (1) To clarify the main Motion; and
    (2) Obtain facts related to the main Motion.
  5. A Member may ask questions of the previous speaker only:
    (1) If the previous speaker makes a Motion; and
    (2) To clarify the Motion made by the previous speaker.
  6. A Member’s questions asked under Section 53(E), and their answers to them, may not exceed a total of three minutes.
  7. When the Chair, Member, an official of the TTC or an official of another body is on the floor to answer questions under Section 53(B) or (E), any Member may ask them questions.
  8. Members may ask questions on a matter only once each under Section 53(B) and (E).
  9. Questions must be clear and concise and may not be used to make statements or assertions.
  10. The Chair may rule a question out of order if a Member has already asked substantially the same questions in the same form.
  11. All questioning on a matter is finished before debate on the matter begins except for questions of the previous speaker under Section 53(E).

Section 54 - Order of Speakers

  1. The Chair:
    (1) Keeps a list of Members who have requested to speak on a matter; and
    (2) During debate, calls them to speak in the order of the list.
  2. Every Member, presenter or official addresses the Chair when questioning or speaking.
  3. Members may speak only once on a matter during debate of the matter.
  4. A Member may speak on a matter for up to five minutes, but the Commission may consent to extend that time for up to two more minutes.
  5. Unless acknowledged by the Chair to raise a Point of Order or a Point of Privilege, a Member cannot interrupt a Member who is speaking.
  6. The Chair may not speak on a matter, question Commission officials or other Members or make any Motions while in the chair.
  7. If the Chair leaves the chair for any reason, Section 26(C) applies.

Section 55 - Right to be heard

Every Member has an opportunity to speak on a Motion before it is put to a vote, unless a Motion to adjourn has passed.

Section 56 - Request to read motion

Any Member may request that a Motion be read or re-read any time during debate of the Motion, as long as the request does not interrupt a Member speaking.