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.

Studies & Bills Order of Reference Session  note  note
Bill C-53, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (proceeds of crime) and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act
2005-11-22
Thursday, November 24, 2005 at 10:51 AM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Stanley Cohen, Senior General Counsel, Human Rights Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-49, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons)
2005-11-01
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 4:35 PM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Carole Morency, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
That the document entitled: "Annual Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada " (2004-2005), tabled in the Senate on September 28, 2005
2005-10-19
Subject-matter of Bill S-23, An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act (modernization of employment and labour relations)
2005-07-18
Bill C-38, An Act respecting certain aspects of legal capacity for marriage for civil purposes
2005-07-06
Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 9:07 AM
  • Evangiline Caldwell, Coordinator (Coalition québécoise pour le mariage civil des couples de même sexe)
  • Diz Dichmont (As an individual)
  • Dr. Ian Kroll, Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary (As an individual)
  • Gwendolyn Landolt, National Vice-President (REAL Women of Canada)
  • Hymie Rubenstein, Senior Scholar, St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba (As an individual)
  • Jean-Paul Tremblay, Centrale des syndicats du Québec (Coalition québécoise pour le mariage civil des couples de même sexe)
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 1:23 PM
  • Gerry Chipeur (As an individual)
  • Reverend Brian Cornelius, Executive Secretary, Montreal and Ottawa Conference (United Church of Canada)
  • Anne Lowthian, Executive Director (World Sikh Organization)
  • Choice Okoro, Programme Minister, Human Rights and Reconciliation Initiatives (United Church of Canada)
  • Dr. John Patrick, Augustine College (As an individual)
  • Cynthia Petersen (As an individual)
  • Ajit Singh Sahota, President (World Sikh Organization)
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 9:02 AM
  • Bruce Clemenger, President (Evangelical Fellowship of Canada)
  • Hélène Aubé (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)
  • Janet Epp Buckingham, Director, Law and Public Policy (Evangelical Fellowship of Canada)
  • Abdul Hai Patel (Islamic Council of Imams - Canada)
  • Yves Le Bouthillier, President (Law Commission of Canada)
  • Cardinal Marc Ouellet (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)
  • Lorraine Pelot, Senior Research Officer (Law Commission of Canada)
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 1:17 PM
  • Iain Benson, Centre for Cultural Renewal (As an individual)
  • Daniel Cere, Institute for the Study of Marriage, Law and Culture, McGill Univesity (As an individual)
  • Stanley Hartt (As an individual)
  • Philip Horgan, President (Catholic Civil Rights League)
  • Margaret Somerville, Acting Director, Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, McGill University (As an individual)
  • Katherine K. Young, Professor, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University (As an individual)
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 9:02 AM
  • Laurie Arron, Director, Advocacy (Egale Canada)
  • Hugo Cyr, Professor, Faculty of Law, Université du Québec à Montréal (As an individual)
  • Pamela Dickey Young, Head, Department of Religious Studies, Queen's University (As an individual)
  • Alex Munter, National Coordinator (Canadians for Equal Marriage)
  • Bruce Ryder, Professsor, Osgoode Hall Law School (As an individual)
Monday, July 11, 2005 at 6:05 PM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Lisa Hitch, Senior Counsel, Family, Children and Youth Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-2, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children and other vulnerable persons) and the Canada Evidence Act
2005-06-20
Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 10:55 AM
  • Catherine Kane, Senior Counsel/Director, Policy Centre for Victim Issues (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Lisette Lafontaine, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 10:47 AM
  • Nicole Dufour, Research and Legislation Services, and Secretary of the Criminal Law Committee (Barreau du Québec)
  • Lori-Renée Weitzman, Member of Criminal Law Committee (Barreau du Québec)
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 7:05 PM
  • Marion Hebb (The Writers' Union of Canada)
  • Lisette Lafontaine, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Charles Montpetit, responsable du Comité liberté d'expression (Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois)
  • Carole Morency, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Susan Swan (The Writers' Union of Canada)
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 4:05 PM
  • Steve Sullivan, President (Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime)
Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 10:51 AM
  • Chief Vince Bevan, Vice-President CACP and Chief of the Ottawa Police Service (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP))
  • Detective Inspector Angie Howe, Child Pornography Section, Ontario Provincial Police (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP))
  • Vincent Westwick, Co-Chair, Law Amendments Committee (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP))
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 4:07 PM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Lisette Lafontaine, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill S-39, An Act to amend the National Defence Act, the Criminal Code, the Sex Offender Information Registration Act and the Criminal Records Act
2005-06-15
Thursday, November 3, 2005 at 10:50 AM
  • Bill Bartlett, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Colonel Dominic McAlea, Deputy Judge Advocate General/Military Justice and Administrative Law (National Defence)
  • Doug Hoover, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 10:54 AM
  • Mary Campbell, Director General, Corrections Policy (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada)
  • Louis-Philippe Côté, Counsel and Special Assistant, Office of the Legal Advisor to National Defence and the Canadian Forces (National Defence)
  • Colonel Dominic McAlea, Deputy Judge Advocate General for Military Justice and Administrative Law (National Defence)
  • Doug Hoover, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 4:05 PM
  • William Trudell, Chair (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 4:10 PM
  • The Honourable William Graham, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Defence (As an Individual)
  • Mary Campbell, Director General, Corrections Policy (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada)
  • MGen Jerry Pitzul, Judge Advocate General (National Defence)
Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the DNA Identification Act and the National Defence Act
2005-05-16
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 4:05 PM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • The Honourable Roy Cullen, P.C., M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (As an Individual)
  • Stanley Cohen, Senior General Counsel, Human Rights Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Michael E. Zigayer, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
The document entitled: "Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission Report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004", tabled in the Senate on October 19, 2004
2005-05-12
Bill S-27, An Act respecting Scouts Canada
2005-04-19
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