The House of Commons chamber, at the west
end of the Centre Block, is decorated in green in the tradition of the British
House of Commons. Stone carvings, stained-glass windows and other artistic
representations of Canada’s history decorate the chamber as a constant
reminder of the Canadians that Members of Parliament, or MPs, represent and serve. MP’s are elected to represent Canada’s 338 constituencies. In the Commons
chamber, members devote most of their time to debating and voting on bills. The
chamber is also a place where Members represent constituents views, discuss
national issues and call on the government to explain its actions. In
keeping with our Parliamentary traditions, debate is guided by the
presiding officer of the House of Commons, the Speaker, who occupies the
ornate a chair at the head of the Chamber. Galleries located on the upper level of
the chamber accommodate diplomats, Members guests, the press and the public.
An audio guide provides interpretation in both official languages. The Members who assemble here propose, debate, scrutinize and vote on bills and spending that will, if passed in the
House of Commons and in the Senate, become the law of the land.