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
Study and make the necessary recommendations on the advisability of amending Senate practice so that bills tabled during a parliamentary session can be reintroduced at the same procedural stage in the following parliamentary session, with a view to including in the Rules of the Senate, a procedure that already exists in the House of Commons and would increase the efficiency of our parliamentary process
2005-10-26
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 9:37 AM
Study on the participation of Senators by telephone or videoconference during public and in camera meetings of select committees
2005-06-22
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 9:32 AM
  • David E. Smith, Professor, Political Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Saskatchewan (As an individual)
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 9:37 AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 12:24 PM
Examine and report upon establishing a new system of numbering for Senate bills
2005-06-16
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 12:15 PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 9:37 AM
Consideration of an Oath of allegiance to Canada
2005-06-09
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 9:32 AM
  • David E. Smith, Professor, Political Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Saskatchewan (As an individual)
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 9:35 AM
  • Father Jacques Monet, SJ (As an individual)
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 12:15 PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 9:32 AM
  • James Ross Hurley (As an individual)
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 12:15 PM
Clause-by-clause consideration of legislation
2005-05-31
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 12:20 PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 9:33 AM
  • Serge D. Gourgue, Director General, Parliamentary Precinct Services (Senate of Canada)
  • Heather Lank, Principal Clerk, Committees Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Gary O'Brien, Deputy Clerk and Principal Clerk, Legislative Services (Senate of Canada)
  • Alain Wood, Acting Director, Interpretation and Parliamentary Translation, Translation Bureau (Public Works and Government Services Canada)
Consideration of the use of languages other than French and English in Parliamentary Proceedings
2005-05-17
Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 9:33 AM
  • Serge D. Gourgue, Director General, Parliamentary Precinct Services (Senate of Canada)
  • Heather Lank, Principal Clerk, Committees Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Gary O'Brien, Deputy Clerk and Principal Clerk, Legislative Services (Senate of Canada)
  • Alain Wood, Acting Director, Interpretation and Parliamentary Translation, Translation Bureau (Public Works and Government Services Canada)
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 12:13 PM
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