The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan created its first committees in 1906. Historically, committees have had a number of significant functions but their principal purpose was to scrutinize and review the programs and initiatives of the government of the day, thereby making it more responsible to the people of Saskatchewan.
This scrutiny remains a central responsibility of committees today. On a number of occasions, committees were specifically created to conduct studies relating to particular aspects of public policy. In these instances, committees have been a means for both Members of the Assembly and the public (through submissions and hearings) to play a part in the formulation of public policy.
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