Studies & Bills

Orders of Reference

An order of reference is a decision of the Senate authorizing a committee to undertake the study of an issue, bill or other matter. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. However, three committees are empowered by the Rules of the Senate to act on their own initiative without a prior order of reference from the Senate. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.

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That the motion, together with the message from the House of Commons dated September 29, 2003, regarding Bill C-10B, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals)
2003-11-06
Bill C-41, An Act to amend certain Acts
2003-10-29
Bill C-45, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal liability of organizations)
2003-10-29
Thursday, October 30, 2003 at 11:02 AM
  • Donald Piragoff, Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Officials from the Department of Justice of Canada)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Officials from the Department of Justice of Canada)
Bill C-53, An Act to change the names of certain electoral districts
2003-10-29
Examine and report on regulations made pursuant to An Act respecting firearms and other weapons, Statutes of Canada, 1995, Chapter 39, as contemplated by section 118(3) of that Act
2003-10-28
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 4:20 PM
  • Ms. Clare Beckton, Assistant Deputy Attorney General (From the Department of Justice Canada)
  • Ms. Christine Cram, Director General, Strategic Policy, Planning and Intergovernmental Relations Branch, Policy and Strategic Direction Sector (From the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
  • Mr. Charles Pryce, Senior Counsel (From the Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 3:38 PM
  • The Honourable Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P., Solicitor General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • William V. Baker, Commissioner (Officials from the Canadian Firearms Centre)
  • Wally Butts, National Vice-President, Communications (From the National Firearms Association)
  • Wendy Cukier, President (From the Coalition for Gun Control)
  • Kathleen Roussel, Senior Counsel, Head Legal Services (Officials from the Canadian Firearms Centre)
Bill S-18, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (lottery schemes)
2003-10-21
Authorized to examine and report on the implications of including, in legislation, non-derogation clauses relating to existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada under s.35 of the Constitution Act, 1982
2003-10-07
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 4:20 PM
  • Ms. Clare Beckton, Assistant Deputy Attorney General (From the Department of Justice Canada)
  • Ms. Christine Cram, Director General, Strategic Policy, Planning and Intergovernmental Relations Branch, Policy and Strategic Direction Sector (From the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
  • Mr. Charles Pryce, Senior Counsel (From the Department of Justice Canada)
Study the status of Legal Aid in Canada and the difficulties experienced by many low-income Canadians in acquiring adequate legal aid for both criminal and civil matters
2003-10-07
Bill C-35, An Act to amend the National Defence Act (remuneration of military judges)
2003-09-18
Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 10:55 AM
  • Lieutenant-Colonel André Dufour, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Services (From the Department of National Defence)
  • Major Doug Elderkin, Directorate of Pay Policy Development (From the Department of National Defence)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Gibson, Director of Law, Military Justice Policy and Research (From the Department of National Defence)
The question of the Senate urging the Government of Canada to establish commemorative days throughout Canada, including the proposal for establishing America Day in Canada
2003-06-19
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