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Parliament is the general name given to representative assemblies in Canada. In British Columbia it refers to the legislative assembly . These bodies make the laws which regulate our social and economic life and provide the authority for government action.  Note that the Parliament of British Columbia comprises the legislative assembly and the lieutenant governor acting in the name of the Crown ; laws cannot be made without the assent of the lieutenant governor.  The executive can also delay or defer the date on which legislation comes into force. This arrangement strengthens the already considerable power of the government of the day to control the process of law making.  See also parliamentary system .
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