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 S-1001, An Act respecting Queen’s University at Kingston
2011-03-24
Bill C-232, An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages)
2011-03-22
Bill C-475, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine and ecstasy)
2011-03-21
Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM
  • Mark Audcent, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel (Senate of Canada)
  • Carrie De Jong, Addictions Counsellor (Orchard Recovery Center)
  • Suzanne Desjardins, Director, Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • John Weston, M.P., Sponsor of the Bill (As an Individual)
Bill C-59, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accelerated parole review) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
2011-03-10
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 9:05 AM
Monday, March 21, 2011 at 11:05 AM
  • The Honourable Vic Toews, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety (Public Safety Canada)
  • Lorraine Berzins, Community Chair of Justice (Church Council on Justice and Corrections)
  • Suzanne Brisebois, Director General, Policy, Planning and Operations (Parole Board of Canada)
  • Mary Campbell, Director General, Corrections Directorate (Public Safety Canada)
  • Laurent Champagne, President (Church Council on Justice and Corrections)
  • John Conroy, Member, Committee on Imprisonment and Release (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Joey Davis, Co-Founder, Spokesperson (Earl Jones Victims Organizing Committee)
  • Stephen Fineberg, Representative (Barreau du Québec)
  • Don Head, Commissioner (Correctional Service of Canada)
  • David Henry, Communications and Programs Coordinator (Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec)
  • Michael Jackson, Professor (As an individual)
  • Jacinthe Lanctôt, Vice-president (Association des avocats et avocates en droit carcéral du Québec)
  • Ed McIsaac, Interim Director of Policy (John Howard Society of Canada)
  • Kim Pate, Executive Director (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies)
  • Darryl Plecas, Professor (As an individual)
  • Joëlle Roy, Vice-President (Association québécoise des avocats et avocates de la défense)
  • Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada (Office of the Correctional Investigator)
  • Marc Sauvé, Director of Legal Services (Barreau du Québec)
  • Gaylene Schellenberg, Lawyer (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Graham Stewart (As an individual)
  • Shelley Trevethan, Executive Director General (Parole Board of Canada)
  • Irvin Waller, Professor (As an individual)
  • Janet Watson, Spokesperson and National Victims Coordinator (Mount Real Victims Group)
  • Vincent Westwick, Chair, Law Amendments Committee (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Ivan Zinger, Executive Director and General Counsel (Office of the Correctional Investigator)
Bill C-30, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (R. v. Shoker)
2011-03-03
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 4:31 PM
  • The Honourable Robert Nicholson, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Sanjeev Anand, Professor (As an individual)
  • Doug Hoover, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Catherine Kane, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Vincenzo Rondinelli, Lawyer (Criminal Lawyers' Association)
  • Vincent Westwick, Chair, Law Reform Committee (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP):)
Bill C-21, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for fraud)
2011-03-02
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 9:10 AM
Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM
  • Superintendent Dean Buzza, Director Integrated Market Enforcement Branch (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Lincoln Caylor, Partner (Bennett Jones LLP)
  • Phil Downes, Barrister (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
  • Superintendent Stephen Foster, Director, Commercial Crime Branch (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Craig Grimes, Senior Analyst, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Joseph Groia, Principal (Groia & Company Professional Corporation)
  • Catherine Kane, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Joanne Klineberg, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Nicolas Marion, Chief, Capital Markets and International Affairs (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Julie McAuley, Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Kaetlynd McRae, Economist, Securities Policies Division (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Joan Monahan, General Counsel (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Sue O'Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
  • Al Rosen, Principal (Accountability Research Corporation)
  • Simon Roy, Professor (As an individual)
  • Michael Spratt, Director (Criminal Lawyers' Association)
  • Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod, Investigations and Organized Crime (Ontario Provincial Police)
  • John Turner, Chief of Policing Services, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Assistant Commissioner Stephen White, Director General, Financial Crime (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 4:18 PM
  • The Honourable Robert Nicholson, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Suzanne Brisebois, Director General, Policy, Planning and Operations (National Parole Board)
  • Mia Dauvergne, Senior Analyst, Policing Services Program, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Willie Gibbs, Member, Policy Review Committee (Canadian Criminal Justice Association)
  • John Giokas, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Craig Grimes, Senior Analyst, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Catherine Kane, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Catherine Kane, Acting Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Joanne Klineberg, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Rebecca Kong, Chief, Correctional Services Section, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce MacGregor, Director of Law, Military Justice Policy and Research (Department of National Defence)
  • Julie McAuley, Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Sue O'Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
  • Kim Pate, Executive Director (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies)
  • Leo Russomanno, Representative (Criminal Lawyers' Association)
  • Louis Théorêt, Director (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to the National Defence Act
2011-03-01
Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM
  • Superintendent Dean Buzza, Director Integrated Market Enforcement Branch (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Lincoln Caylor, Partner (Bennett Jones LLP)
  • Phil Downes, Barrister (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
  • Superintendent Stephen Foster, Director, Commercial Crime Branch (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Craig Grimes, Senior Analyst, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Joseph Groia, Principal (Groia & Company Professional Corporation)
  • Catherine Kane, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Joanne Klineberg, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Nicolas Marion, Chief, Capital Markets and International Affairs (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Julie McAuley, Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Kaetlynd McRae, Economist, Securities Policies Division (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Joan Monahan, General Counsel (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Sue O'Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
  • Al Rosen, Principal (Accountability Research Corporation)
  • Simon Roy, Professor (As an individual)
  • Michael Spratt, Director (Criminal Lawyers' Association)
  • Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod, Investigations and Organized Crime (Ontario Provincial Police)
  • John Turner, Chief of Policing Services, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Assistant Commissioner Stephen White, Director General, Financial Crime (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 4:18 PM
  • The Honourable Robert Nicholson, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Suzanne Brisebois, Director General, Policy, Planning and Operations (National Parole Board)
  • Mia Dauvergne, Senior Analyst, Policing Services Program, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Willie Gibbs, Member, Policy Review Committee (Canadian Criminal Justice Association)
  • John Giokas, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Craig Grimes, Senior Analyst, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Catherine Kane, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Catherine Kane, Acting Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Joanne Klineberg, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Rebecca Kong, Chief, Correctional Services Section, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce MacGregor, Director of Law, Military Justice Policy and Research (Department of National Defence)
  • Julie McAuley, Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Sue O'Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
  • Kim Pate, Executive Director (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies)
  • Leo Russomanno, Representative (Criminal Lawyers' Association)
  • Louis Théorêt, Director (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
Bill C-22, An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service
2011-02-08
Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 4:19 PM
  • Signy Arnason, Director, Cybertip.ca (Canadian Centre for Child Protection)
  • Chantal Bernier, Assistant Privacy Commissioner (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Marvin Bernstein, Chief Advisor, Advocacy (UNICEF Canada)
  • Paul Gillespie, President and Chief Executive Officer (Kids Internet Safety Alliance)
  • Michael MacKay, Senior Consultant (ExitCertified)
  • Lianna McDonald, Executive Director (Canadian Centre for Child Protection)
  • Inspector Scott Naylor, Child Sexual Exploitation Section (Ontario Provincial Police)
  • Vincent Westwick, General Counsel (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Anna Zubrzycka, Policy Analyst, Legal Services (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM
  • Chief Superintendent Daniel Comeau, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Technical Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Mia Dauvergne, Senior Analyst, Policing Services Program, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Craig Grimes, Senior Analyst, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Julie McAuley, Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Sue O'Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
  • Staff Sergeant S.K. Parmar, National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 4:17 PM
  • The Honourable Robert Nicholson, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Catherine Kane, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Jean-François Noël, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Normand Wong, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill S-208, An Act to amend the Conflict of Interest Act (gifts)
2010-12-15
Study on the provisions and operation of the Act to amend the Criminal Code (production of records in sexual offence proceedings), S.C. 1997, c. 30
2010-12-08
Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM
  • Karen Busby, Professor (As an individual)
  • Mia Dauvergne, Senior Analyst, Policing Services Program, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Craig Grimes, Senior Analyst, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Julie McAuley, Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 4:20 PM
  • Suzanne Boucher, Senior Counsel, Nunavut Regional Office (Public Prosecution Service of Canada)
  • Catherine Kane, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Susan McDonald, Principal Researcher, Research and Statistics Division (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Bonnie Tulloch, Special Advisor on Northern Issues, Headquarters Counsel (Public Prosecution Service of Canada)
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