The President of the National Assembly of Quebec
(French; Le Président de l'Assemblée nationale
) is the presiding officer of the National Assembly
, Canada, which is modeled after the Westminster parliamentary system
. In other parliaments and legislatures the equivalent position is often called the "Speaker
", which is why from 1867 to 1968, the presiding officer of the Assembly was known in French as "orateur,"
a translation of the English term "speaker"
The President of the National Assembly is fifth in the Quebec order of precedence
, after the Queen of Canada
, the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
, the Premier
, and the Deputy Premier
. He or she is elected by his colleagues at the beginning of a legislature
, for the length of the legislature. The President is assisted by the Vice Presidents of the Assembly, who can also replace him or her in his or her absence. Parti Québécois
Member of the National Assembly (MNA
) Louise Harel
made history by being appointed as the first female President on March 12, 2002. The current President of the Assembly is the Libéral MNA Yvon Vallières
The function of the President holds three major roles.
- The presiding of the hearings of the Assembly.
- The administration of the services of the Assembly.
- The representation of the Assembly, notably in its relations with other parliaments.
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