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Mississauga City Council Retains Public Question Period at Council and Applies New Provisions

Nov 03, 2009

At the October 28 meeting of Council, Members of Council agreed to retain Public Question Period at Council meetings with new provisions.

"There are new provisions with respect to Question Period which will remain in its current position on the Council agenda," said Crystal Greer Director of Legislative Service and City Clerk. "Council amended the Council Procedure By-law at the October 28 meeting, and the new provisions take effect immediately."

The revised Council Procedure By-law includes:

• Public Question Period continues to be restricted to questions pertaining to subjects that appear on the agenda for that specific meeting.

• Persons addressing Council must limit preambles to questions to a maximum of two statements.

• Question Period shall be limited to a total of 15 minutes. An extension of that time can be put to a motion, requiring a vote by a majority of Council.

• Where a response to a question posed to Council is not available at the meeting, a written response shall be provided by City staff before the matter under discussion is finalized at Council.

The new provisions are being implemented on a trial basis for six months when they will be reviewed. The amended bylaw is available online at

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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