A question of privilege
, or point of privilege
, is the most serious one that can arise in a parliamentary system
, such as governs Canada
, or England
; it even takes precedence
over a question of order
, or point of order
Even though the American Congressional system
developed from the mother of parliaments
, it may be different.
Privilege, although books have been written on the subject, is basically to do with the ability of the elected member to do his or her work: Parliamentary staff must recognize the member, especially in the casting of votes; the members must be safe in the parliamentary precincts; etc.
The imagination of members to expand what is included in the notion of parliamentary priviledge is only matched by the ingenuity of the Speaker of the House in shrinking it.