What happens at the Table?
The central Table of the House
of Representatives is the focus of activity when the House is
sitting. The Clerk and Deputy
at the far end of the Table, in front of the Speaker. Immediately
in front of the Clerks are the controls for the timing clocks
that operate the division bells and lights, and the sandglasses
time the divisions.
The Prime Minister sits at the Table to
the Speaker’s right
and facing him across the Table is the Leader of the Opposition.
either side of the Table in front of the Clerks are the despatch
boxes. Ministers and shadow Ministers sit on the
and walk over to the Table to speak from the despatch boxes.
When the House is sitting, the Mace is placed at the end
of the Table farthest from the Speaker’s Chair.
The Table was a gift from the Parliament of Canada for the
opening of the new Parliament House in 1988.