Students work in pairs to identify and describe key roles in Parliament.
- blackboard or flipchart for brainstorming
- copies of “Who's Who in Parliament?”
- copies of “Role Descriptions” (one set for each pair of students)
- Brainstorm with the class a list of key roles in Parliament. Provide clues as necessary (for example, "the person in charge of a government department").
- Add to the list the key roles they have missed. Be sure to include: Governor General, Speaker, Prime Minister, Senator, Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament, Leader of the Official Opposition, Committee Chair, and Clerk
- Have students work in pairs to complete the “Who's Who in Parliament?” handout. They may also need a copy of the “Role Descriptions” for reference.
- While taking up the answers (key below), lead a discussion about the various roles and encourage students to ask questions about aspects they do not understand.
- Committee Chair
- Prime Minister
- Clerk of the Senate
- Speaker of the Senate
- Speaker of the House of Commons
- Member of Parliament (MP)
- Leader of the Official Opposition
A quiz on the roles of parliamentarians and parliamentary officers could be given here