The United States and Canada, bordering countries with a shared history of British rule, are both democracies, but each uses distinct methods of government. Canada, for example, is a constitutional ... About the House of Commons. The House of Commons plays an important role in Canada’s system of government: it debates issues, votes on the passage of laws and ensures the Government is held accountable. Members of Parliament (MPs) sit in the House of Commons to represent their local communities, known as electoral districts, also commonly referred to as constituencies or ridings. Canadian MPs almost always or typically belong to a political party:

The Speaker of the House of Commons (French: Président de la Chambre des communes) is the presiding officer of the lower house of the Parliament of Canada and is elected at the beginning of each new parliament by fellow Members of Parliament (MPs). Online Tour of Parliament Your online tour of Parliament will take you through Centre Block, which is the heart of Canada's Parliament buildings. Originally built between 1859 and 1866 (excluding the tower and the library), Centre Block was destroyed by fire on February 3, 1916.