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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Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Ethics Commissioner and Senate Ethics Officer) and other Acts in consequence, to which they desire the concurrence of the Senate
2004-02-26
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 9:39 AM
  • Yves Côté, Counsel to the Clerk of the Privy Council and Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Privy Council Office)
  • Alan Leadbeater, Deputy Information Commissioner of Canada (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
  • John Reid, Information Commissioner of Canada (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
  • Ron Wall, Director, Parliamentary Operations, Legislation and House Planning/Counsel (From the Privy Council Offic)
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 10:04 AM
  • Professor Fabien Gélinas (From McGill University:)
  • Professor Charles Ian Greene (From the University of York:)
  • Professor Denis Saint-Martin (From the University of Montreal:)
  • Professor Sharon Sutherland (From Queen's University:)
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 9:34 AM
  • Professor J.P. Joseph Maingot, Former Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel of the House of Commons of Canada (As an individual)
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 12:15 PM
  • The Honourable Jack Austin, Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senate of Canada)
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice (Department of Justice)
  • Henry Molot, Senior General Counsel, Constitutional and Administrative Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Consideration of a code of conduct for Senators and that all related evidence and papers taken on this issue by the Committee in the 2nd Session of the 37th Parliament be referred to the Committee; and that the Committee be authorized to take into context the 51st Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs from the 2nd Session of the 37th Parliament
2004-02-13
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 12:28 PM
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 12:19 PM
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 9:35 AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 12:19 PM
  • Gary O'Brien, Deputy Clerk and Principal Clerk (From the Senate of Canada:)
Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 9:32 AM
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