The Clerk

The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Todd Decker

The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario - Todd Decker

The Clerk is the chief permanent officer of the Legislative Assembly.  An expert in parliamentary rules and procedures, the Clerk advises the Speaker and Members of Provincial Parliament on questions of procedure and interpretation of the rules and practices of the House.  In order to communicate easily with the Speaker, the Clerk sits at a long table in front of the Speaker’s chair. He is also responsible for keeping track of the votes in the Chamber, and monitoring time during debates.  After a provincial election, the Clerk swears in the newly-elected Members of Provincial Parliament.

All official documents of the House are compiled by the Clerk and the Table Clerks who assist him in the Chamber. He is also responsible for the administration of Legislative Assembly services that support Ontario’s MPPs.

The Clerk and the Table Clerks wear the same uniform as the Speaker, including the black robe, white shirt and the tricorn hat.