Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

Report of the committee

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has the honour to present its

SIXTEENTH REPORT

Your committee has, in obedience to the order of reference of Thursday, May 11, 2017, prepared amendments to the Senate Administrative Rules to recognize parliamentary groups of senators and now recommends as follows:

1. That the revised Senate Administrative Rules appended to the twelfth report of your committee, presented in the Senate on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, be amended as follows:

(ain chapter 1:03,

(i) by replacing the definition of “caucus” with the following:

““Caucus” means either a recognized party or a recognized parliamentary group as defined in the Rules of the Senate.”, and

(ii) by replacing the definition of “House officers” or “political officers” with the following:

““House officers” or “political officers” means the Speaker, the Speaker pro tempore, the Leader of the Government, the Leader of the Opposition, the leader or facilitator of a recognized party or of a recognized parliamentary group, and their respective deputy leaders and whips.”;

(bin chapter 5:02,

(i) by adding the following after section 9:

9.1 A leader or facilitator of a recognized party or of a recognized parliamentary group shall be provided with an additional office allowance, in an amount set by finance rule, for such purposes as are approved by the Internal Economy Committee.”, and

(ii) by adding the following after section 24:

24.1 For greater certainty, a House Officer shall be provided with one additional office allowance under this Chapter.”;

(cin chapter 5:03, by replacing section 3 with the following:

3. The Principal Clerk of Committees, acting in consultation with all leaders and facilitators, shall assign a meeting schedule and reserve a room to be made available for the use of each Senate committee and subcommittee that meets regularly.”; and

(din chapter 5:04,

(i) by deleting section 1, and

(ii) by replacing subsection 4(2) with the following:

“(2) A caucus shall be provided with interpretation services at its meetings.”.

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair